So many aspects of our modern lives and the way society is structured are taken for granted, and we just assume things are the way they are because they have to be that way. This series of posts looks at a few of the hidden assumptions we commonly make about education.
You Have To Go To School, Like Everyone Else
If there’s one thing that characterizes modern life, it’s options. The freedom available to individuals in terms of the number of options for almost everything is expanding and accelerating. This includes options about what to learn, how to learn, how to earn money, and how to pursue a fulfilling career.
Research has already shown that people perform better at all types of tasks when they get to choose what to work on, and they learn better when they study the things they are interested in. For now school is still obligatory for most, but it is only a matter of time before governments and educational institutions catch on to the fact that their most effective role is not to mandate the learning process, but to facilitate it. In the mean time, there are thousands of homeschooling and unschooling families are proving by example, in countless ways, that public school isn’t for everyone, and that the options for how to pursue an education and a career are limitless.
Mark Twain famously said that he had never let his schooling interfere with his education, and in today’s world we can all take this advice even more to heart, as there is no longer any reason that schooling has to interfere with education. Instead of trying to march in lock-step with a fixed curriculum, you can learn about whatever you want, whenever you want, and let passion and interest guide you to master any type of knowledge or skill you desire, as well as design a rewarding career for yourself.