#Education as bottleneck and the herd mentality

Our #education system is messed up because we teach to a test & not to our students’ passions. We teach to feeding our colleges and universities with fresh faces and bodies while not accepting that our colleges and universities are failing to put out producers that can find the avenue of productivity versus the unemployment line.

My son, The Reincarnation of His Great-Grandfather, the Original Charles Drew, consistently complains about one thing: “Dad. All those people at school talk about is going to college, as if it’s the only way to succeed.”

I’ve learned that to deny the observation of the 11-year old can be foolhardy and requires stepping outside the box to understand where he is coming from, but as I observe the excretion of graduates trained in what to think and the demand for overspecialized labor, the argument that the best route to success is college becomes overly specious, and it becomes more apparent that society still emphasizes a cookie cutter mentality versus the free thought that drives true innovation that can solve society’s problems while generating the innovator returns on their human and social capital investment.

Quite frankly if my son can develop a career that can sustain him without setting foot in a college classroom, I would endorse his decision. If he must go top college ( and given his interests he may set foot in a classroom), I hope he spends enough time there to extract what he needs and then hauls ass at the first opportunity.

Yes, this observation goes against the grain of mass thinking, but we have all observed, while most of us deny, that the herd only moves in one direction; toward slaughter …

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to #Education as bottleneck and the herd mentality

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    Going to college is not necessarily the sine qua non with respect to success–it depends on what goods/services a person wants to provide to society in order to earn a living.

    The problem in recent times is that our society as become more “documented and certificated”–a college degree is a document and certificate of a certain level of educational attainment. Some believe it’s also an indication of a level of intelligence, ability to solve problems, and to persevere. That may or may not be true. There are all kinds of other certificates as well, not all of them associated with college. Most auto mechanics are certificated (certified), for instance.

    I once had a discussion with a manager of mine about the difference between electrical engineers and electronic technicians. The gist of it was that engineers generally had a better ability to solve complex and non-linear problems (and not just the mathematical kind). Not all technicians are good at that kind of problem solving, my manager said, so not all of them could be promoted to engineer. I was able to get a job as an engineer, even though I don’t have an EE degree, because I developed skills in design and system integration on the job at one company, and went to work at another by writing an overly long resume explaining what I could do. The manager who read it understood, and hired me. I was taking some EE education at the time, but never finished. Even so, I contributed a lot to that company division’s effort. I was told later that it was somewhat harder to hire me because I didn’t have the degree, but the manager who did so went to his boss and convinced him I would be OK.

    So the key is knowing what you want to do, and finding out how important documented and certificated credentials are, in addition to specific “technical” training that will be helpful/required. What I am suggesting that we view education in practical terms, as opposed to the way educators look at it (the old “Renaissance man concept”). Perhaps trade or technical school might be appropriate, or a community college. If a person is entrepreneurial and want to have his own business, an understanding of how business works can be helpful. An MBA may or may not be a big help here. Alton, perhaps you could comment on that.

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