As I push my textbooks aside and begin typing the words being typed right now, I feel compelled to write about what is happening right now because it occurred to me that this is wrong. I have come to realize the unnecessary burden thrust upon me. This goes beyond the fact that school has taught me to hate school.
The moment that I sit down at my desk at 10:00 PM on a Wednesday night to prepare myself for a test worth a certain percentage of a mark that will determine whether or not I am accepted into a University to repeat this process for another four years is sickening.
I have had enough of all the “just in case” learning. The world is changing so fast I can’t even keep up with all the things I should be learning. Wasting my time seems like something I cannot afford to do for the sake of creating something great.
Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge, let your learning lead to action. -Jim Rohn
When am I supposed to take action from all this “learning”? Within the walls of the present system, the time for action never comes. Ultimately, this is what makes our current system so flawed. There seems to be a misconception that the information we are learning no longer applies to the present happenings of reality. A more pertinent assumption would be that everything we are learning makes up such a minuscule fraction of the things we will require in order to be successful that it proves absolutely useless. Maybe this is why the “geniuses” of the past have become so successful. By neglecting everything else we allow ourselves to grow exponentially in any singular area of expertise. Another misconception of our time seems to be that you must be good at everything to be successful. How could you possibly gain a decisive advantage over a competitor by trying to out-perform said competitor in every aspect of the competition? It is impossible. You will fail. Failure is okay.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Not who someone else is today. -Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life
The connections we make are what distinguish us from others. Each and every one of us has a unique network of which only we are aware. Take advantage of that. Everyone is out here “learning” the same thing. The only aspect of individuality within the system stems from our connections. Take advantage of who you know. Use it to your benefit and benefit those around you in a positive way. By the time I finish high school there will be nothing to show for the knowledge and wisdom I’ve acquired over the years besides this blog, a transcript, and what the teachers or students say about me after I leave. As I pursue a post-secondary education, not a single admissions recruiter will spend the time getting to know what I’ve learned, all they see is a number. This means nothing within the current system. All that matters to them is that I perform adequately within their classes to improve their class averages, increase school funding, and with any luck pursue a Masters or PhD. I do not feel properly represented in any way, shape or form.
It is for this reason that I have taken my learning into my own hands. Feel free to join me as I figure out where this journey will lead me.