Education Is Key! School Is…

 

I Made it through High School and 13 days of University, before making the best decision of my life.

By giving my student loan back and living my vision, which is travelling the world and being in control of my time.

 

You see… I didn’t have a plan when I started, I just knew…

 

 

…believed in my self and stayed consistent with my vision.

Did I leave University and never work a day in my life? Fck no, I went through the most random jobs, from a Chinese delivery boy to working the oil rigs. Did very random things for a couple of years before picking up books and investing in my own education that way. By learning on my own time, weather from books, the internet or random courses that I knew would help my future. I was genuinely interested and getting so much more done than I was in “school”.  

As far back as I can remember to the very last day of school, I always did not so much as far as work was concerned. I did just enough to get 50%-60% in every class.  I was always the guy just starring into the wall daydreaming or scanning every poster in the classroom.  I simply did not enjoy much learning in school, I just knew there was more to life and the school system just felt wrong for me. I recall three teachers from school and even though I wasn’t so into the books; they made those classes fun, they made them real and I believe that is because they genuinely enjoyed what they did.

 I think that a good number of the teachers in today’s school system are simply there because its “easy”.  They get months of vacation time per year and a safe salary in many countries. (I know this isn’t true for the whole world).  Also don’t think this is the teachers faults nor that they are bad people, I just wouldn’t want my kids getting raised by the above.  

How many more people plan to go to school while having a high chance they will not find a job in that field for years?

The world cannot go on like this.

Sir Ken Robinson is spot on with this talk:

I met this wonderful family once in Tunisia, enjoying a dinner on the back of their yacht. They have been travelling around the world for a few years, ran their business online and had two kids aged seven and nine. They did all hands on work with their kids and simply got them involved in things they were interested in.

How?

When they got to ports they would stay for a few weeks at a time, and simply got their children involved in random activities near the port that they were docked in. Along with other educational materials via the internet that the kids enjoyed and parents thought were key to have.

One of my trips to New Zealand my next door camping neighbors were a family of four, the little girl was four and the little boy was nine.  They gave off that hippy vibe, cool people.  When the boy opened his mouth and started telling stories and just speaking to me I couldn’t believe his age.  I genuinely felt like i was talking to a 15-18 year old, this kid knew his shit.When talking to his father over a beer one evening he told me his sons story; quite simple actually but he pulled him out of the “system” mid way through grade one. Decided to just follow his sons interests, put him in courses online and random training’s in subjects he was interested in (available to anyone in many places).  Also a ton of hands on stuff, whatever the boy enjoyed the father would fill those interests with random local gatherings, courses, whatever would fill the boys passions.  Plus he said the relationship they had was out of this world, that I could see clearly.

One family that is doing the same thing online as I have been travelling the world for 6 years and started with a 2 year old! They tend to change countries every few months and just keep chasing the beach life. Also might I add, they left EVERYTHING behind with only $20,000 to their name and a vision. Six years later and they are killing it :)

I was very inspired to cross paths with the above families along with a few others over my travels. Every single encounter was eye opening and inspiring for me.  I will never throw my kids in the school system and rather create a life with them.  Unless one day they decide to be a doctor, lawyer or simply WANT to go to school to learn about something in particular I will support them all the way.  Making money for someone else while throwing my kids in a system I feel is broken seems back wards to me.  

Also I do understand everyone is in a different money situation and so on; but the only time I have ever worked for someone in the past is to get on my feet, save some cash and try again at making it on my own.  The way I’ve lived since my first job.

 

Watch this amazing example of someone who got pulled out of the school system:

In Brene Browns book “Daring Greatly” she talks about asking a group of students to describe the key to learning, one girl replied;

“There are times when you can ask questions or challenge ideas, but if you’ve got a teacher that doesn’t like that or the kids in the class make fun of people who do that, it’s bad. I think most of us learn that it’s best to just keep your head down, your mouth shut, and your grades high”

Brene Brown then goes on to say

“As a researcher, it was the moment when I started to realize how often the struggles of our education system and the challenges we face in our work places mirror each other……….No corporation or school can thrive in the absence of creativity, innovation and learning, and the greatest threat to all three of these is disengagement”

Very interesting in my opinion.

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Comments

  1. OMG I loved your post! It makes me think about myself and what I really want .. sometimes I think i’m not really college material and I want to just do whats interests me on my own so I totally give you props to this!

  2. First off, great post! I know exactly how it feels to not have interest in school and to dream of something big I know I can do without school. Second, in the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about giving up on school and trying to get ahead my own way, but everyone I ask says I should finish school. I really don’t want to, but I know everyone else wants the best for me. The only reason I have for staying is a gut feeling that I’m gonna meet someone special next year, but I don’t have any interest in actually graduating high school and just want to go straight to college. Everyone says it’s easier to just finish high school now, but I disagree. What should I do? Oh, and my biggest dream is to become a famous metal cellist and tour the world with my band, and I feel like I can do it without school.

    • IMO at the end of the day you need to ask your self, if you believe…no one else needs to :) Wish you all the best with your path!

  3. Very inspiring :)

  4. Wow, this is crazy and awesome, inspirational and frightening ! Scary because, they just plunged into something that seems so out of the “norm” (that doesn’t even exist). Before this, it was only a dream of dropping out of school to go and seek the world and myself, now it has become so much more concrete. I just changed this year a second time my college major, because I have waves of what I like in it. But before that, all through my school years I have had that question thrown at me (I now see that this question shows more about the person who asks it, and also it’s the confirmation that my teachers had miserable a lives set in default mode).
    Thank you, for making all of this content available to muggles !

  5. N

    :) I am a teacher now; at a mediocre primary school but with an excellent Principal and I’m given THE freedom of ‘teaching my way’ which is a rare blessing- if I must tell you that, and I’m making the most out of it… loving my job.
    Though I can’t agree more on this post of yours. The education system in India isn’t too great barring some private schools (I gotta check on that too) though universities are good enough;
    However, the fundamental complications, at large is,especially the lack of devoted teachers!
    By the way, Kudos to you! Keep playing with life – it’s in deed the BEST teacher!

  6. The School of Life and Experience, not indoctrination.

  7. God wants all of us to be learner. School is invented not only to teach us about facts but to be a good person. Remember there is no organization that is perfect.
    My second child used to study in an ordinary school but later we transfered him to home school. After high school graduation, we help him enrolled in college but after 1 year and 1 semester, he transfered to home school again.
    Our world have different option to earn that degree. And God will make a way.

  8. Jaroslaw, that’s amazing! I agree with you–education is important no matter how you’re learning.

  9. Well my thoughts as reading this are… Yes and no. I mean, I really think education system has a lot to offer, but it is not easy to get it. I’ve always found something interesting in every subject I have aproached, something that keeps me going, that opends my mind and makes me want to learn more. So I never kept my head down, my mouth shut and my grades high. I would always ask questions, dispute lectures and getting my feet wet in my classes’ subjects. And the system has helped me to do that. Little teachers won’t ask your questions if you really show interest. On the opposite, most of them will give you more information, and wil be glad to help you. I have seen that both in my High school and my University.
    But, yes, maybe it’s not easy to stand up. For some children, it is not easy to talk in class, to ask questions or dispute the teacher. Most of my friends when they have doubts in a lecture turn to me to ask the teacher. And that’s such a big loss for them, they will never get 100% of what the education is offering them.
    So yes, I think the education system is useless if you aren’t willing to stand up and take advantage of all its opportunities. And no, I don’t think nobody can, in fact once you start it’s quite easy and addictive.
    People may be suprised.

  10. Tell me about it, I didn’t enjoy my high school, as in fact I hated it (Puerto Rico system…you don’t wanna know). When I started university, my interest was to study languages but ironically finished my bachelor in Education (brain-washed). Behind a desk and wondering..why am I teaching? The system also sucks for teachers you know.
    When, just WHEN i’m going to start traveling and exploring new cultures?
    I’ve been in the aviation industry for almost 3 yrs and I don’t regret it. Traveling and enjoying life.
    We always end up doing what we love to do, as I did.

    -like your blog!!-

  11. Agree wholly on your thoughts about the educational system- when an individual can self direct through keen interest, real learning takes place and an authentic engagement with intellect happens~

  12. Having been in the school system for 30 odd years I know its limitations. Most of our real learning takes place outside a classroom. I left when I finally felt all creativity and independent thinking was being squeezed out of my subject. Interesting comments and ideas on your blog.

  13. Wow, you’re post is brilliant! You helped me realize that I need to focus more on what my stepdaugher needs to be happy, instead of if her homework is getting done. I had forgotten this simple truth. Thanks for reminding :)

  14. Thank you for posting this! I just graduated high school and have been constantly worrying that I’m the only one not signing up for university.. I was the exact same way in school, i hated it. So thank you for the great insight and making me feel a lot better :)

  15. I couldn’t agree more. We’ve been unschoolers most of our unschool journey, my son is 10 now, and because I came up in the school system I’m always amazed what he knows without having sat down doing some worksheets on it, lol.

  16. Great post and discussion.

  17. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein said that. Found you because you liked a post on my blog, and I couldn’t agree with you more! Both my kids quit high school; my son in his sophomore year, and he now has an executive position with a huge well-known tech company and is an accomplished musician, and my daughter quit in her junior year to do vocational training and has an (unused) cosmetology license and also has a good solid position in the tech industry. School is nothing more than a system to brainwash the generations of kids coming up, and what a shame, a terrible shame that they will be denied the ability to embrace their creativity and lead fulfilling lives. Thanks for this post!

    • Appreciate you sharing your story!

    • It’s nice to know someone else has done well quitting high school. I just left to homeschool myself and try to do something worthwhile.

  18. Wonderful post. My daughter is 3 1/2 and I decided when she was 1 that I would homeschool her. Many people think I’m crazy, or that I’ll change my mind. They worry about her not being socialized, which is absurd. She is more socialized than most kids her age that are in preschool right now. I don’t keep her locked up in the house. The world is our classroom. I believe in hands on learning, and letting kids explore their own interests. She currently take gymnastics and dance classes. She has taken soccer classes, and gone to storytime at numerous libraries. She participates in summer reading programs each summer. She has a love for books. The library is one of her favorite places. She is confident, friendly, outgoing, and not afraid to try new things. She has an extensive vocabulary, and loves doing schoolwork with me at home. It’s not just a daily grind, we make it fun. We learn through doing so many different things. Hands on projects and crafts, using educational websites for kids, using apps on her Kindle, doing worksheets from books, and just going out experiencing life. She helps me do a garden every summer. She helps me cook meals and do things around the house which teach her all sorts of things.

    People don’t understand that you don’t NEED the traditional school system to teach your kids. You can be your child’s best teacher. There is no one in the world that will care as much about your child’s education as you, the parent. So why not take the time to teach them yourself? I understand there are a lot of people that simply don’t have the option to do it due to work and time, but if you have the opportunity to do it, it is so rewarding. I love teaching my daughter. I’m hoping to be able to travel with her as she gets older and let her see the world, and experience other cultures for herself. Not just read about it in books. Even taking her to Disney World last year was a great learning experience. Together, we read Disney World books and she knew more about the parks than my husband did when we went. It wasn’t just about princesses and rides, she knew facts about the parks and the different landmarks. Even a vacation to an amusement park can be an educational experience. Love your post. Thank you for sharing your views.

  19. This is such a surprise to read. I new there are people out there. People who thinks for them self and not animated creatures. I would like to say:

    Education Institutions differ around the World. For the most part, I do believe much of the educational practices be taught is directed to condition children to become workers. However, I had to go to school because my parents did not have the insight being spoken here. I was raised in the US and have limited understanding of the world at large. I did have teachers who didn’t teach from a textbooks. I went to school during a period in time where teachers were not strangled by the type of bureaucracy that exist now in the US. One thing stuck with me from one of teachers. “Don’t be a conformist”, of which I grew up not excepting that did not make sense to me, and challenged authorities who wanted me to conform to their rules. I conform to that which is pure, truthful and realistic.

  20. I home-schooled my kids through the elementary schools years and largely let them learn as they pleased and used an integrated system of education-life was our class room. I enrolled them in an exceptional charter school for their upper school education. The result is that they did very well in school and college and the system did not manage to crush their enthusiasm for knowledge and life in general. So many kids that are put into the system actually learn to be indifferent to knowledge and hold those eager to learn in contempt as though curiosity is a bad thing. The system seams to largely create minions that don’t know how to think critically or even have any idea that they can rise above mediocrity. I wish that I had been a bit more courageous and given my kids even more room to pursue their own passions than I did.

  21. Grace Ryan

    This is something I can totally relate too! Nice to find a blog which encompasses what I think is flawed with out current education system too, and comforts me to think I’m not alone in this outlook… Thank you!

  22. Well written, Thanks for sharing your beautiful experience.

  23. Teaching for 30 years , I can see why you feel this way. I saw and heard things that would break your heart. On the other hand… Loving the children, & truly learning with passion comes from teaching with passion. Teaching in this country is as polar far from “Easy” as east is from West. Try it for a week!!! But, there was for me, no greater joy than to watch a blank slate in the eyes of a child start filling up with knowledge, excitement, and curiosity to learn more on their own. Or to hate reading, and because of a caring intelligent teacher read to them and opened up the world of books! To take them anywhere they wanted to go, and meet anyone they wanted to meet. Sorry this is so long, ! But I am Passionate about education!!!

  24. While I very much want my sons to attend college, one of my goals is to help them take a gap year (or two) and travel the world. I’m working on teaching them how to navigate through the world and will offer them a ticket to anywhere, match their savings dollar for dollar and turn them loose on graduation.

    • Once they learn how to “navigate” through the world within those gap years, I imagine it’s going to be not so easy to “send” them to school.
      If they do go after those gap years though they will be passionate and more likely sure of their direction (in my opinion) Which is very powerful :) Thank you for sharing and I think its really cool how you approach it.

  25. I love this! My brother was lucky enough to get to be homeschooled for several years. I was already in college and enjoyed helping to homeschool him for a while. I have always felt though that higher education is not always necessary and so I am glad to know I am not alone in that idea. It really hit me once when I was told that I had an amazing writing gift and needed to go to graduate school in order to perfect it…and yet I was wowing my professors already just learning it all on my own which made no sense to me. Besides I always felt in school, and especially in college, that what I was learning was to ignore my self and do things the way the teacher or professor felt they should be done.

  26. Good to see you again, Jaroshka! My father enjoyed Neville Shute’s “Round the Bend”, an autobiography somewhat like yours. Shute grew up in a port city speaking what he didn’t know were seven languages. His view was simply “here’s how you speak with these people, and that’s how you speak with those people, and then with those other people you speak this way, …”

    A son of mine met the hugely talented supervisor I was working for, and told me afterwards “he realizes life is a game and he plays fair.” I figure he and I would find you the same.

  27. This is amazing. I always wanted to do this but never had the guts. I finished school but continue to educate myself everyday. I will always learn, and think and ponder.

  28. Sir Ken Robinson is amazing! Beautiful Article…..Just got a new fan (:

  29. believe the Education System as it stands is somewhat flawed, however it takes guts to take an alternative route especially with your kids – commend all commenters here, and know a lot of people have success this way but currently it would be difficult for many to take that route – will be interesting to see how things pan out in future – great blog(s)!!

  30. Awesome post! This is what I am talking about :-D

  31. Education is a process that begins at birth and ends (at least in this life form) at death. There are as many ways to learn as there are human beings roaming this great globe of ours. I graduated high school with a 2.5 GPA and a 160 I.Q. I took some broadcasting courses, studied comedy improvisation for a year, acting for 3… all that time working as a temp in a hugely varied range of professional environments. I had no college, but I had typing, computing and basic accounting skills thanks to one semester of R.O.P. business admin training my sophomore year in high school (it seemed more interesting than Home Ec.).

    What that experience gave me was fly-on-the-wall insights into many professional avenues, basically aiding me in the process of elimination – identifying things I definitely DIDN’T want to do with my life. There is though one really important investment I made in my own development and cultivation: since the time I learned to read I have never stopped researching, on my own, all the things that interest me. Psychology, philosophy, metaphysics, molecular biology, DNA coding… I read classic literature because it offers social insights that are still incredibly relevant, I read contemporary literature because in the 20th century authors became the new philosophers.

    Being an articulate speaker and well read opens doors. It also gives you the flexibility to find a line of communication with anyone at anytime – there is no more valuable sales skill.

    Were home schooling legal in the country where I live in I might have considered it for my children, on the other hand though they both really enjoy the social interaction that their school environments offer – maybe they are just lucky. They have had “good” and “bad” teachers, and they have their dad and I to bridge the gaps and point them to sources of information rather than just telling them what is “right”.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of teachers the world over who face their occupation with a “civil service” mentality. They “deliver” information they are mandated to by their local education authority. Teaching however is the art of creative communication and motivation, activating the inner teacher in everyone you encounter. That is why after years of travel, odd (strange) jobs and soul searching I decided to become a teacher.

    I don’t teach in public school – so no months of vacation time or standard salary for me. It is most definitely not easy, especially when working with a teenager in the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD, or someone in the grief process after losing their sight or mobility. The payoff is that the joy experienced by someone who has managed to overcome a challenge and reach their goal is genuinely awesome and it is a privilege to witness and participate in that process.

    “Easy” or “Hard” mean different things to different people. The word I prefer is QUALITY. I was seeking a life of quality, a life that would challenge me to become better, a life that would provide opportunities to share my insights and to offer something of value to my fellow humans. Perhaps I’m saying all of this because in reading the comments I was reminded of just how easy it is to jump to conclusions, especially when you are just starting out and feel everything simply moves too slowly…

    Don’t worry, it all speeds up, and much sooner than you can ever imagine! The important thing is to keep your eyes and your mind open, and savor every learning opportunity that comes your way without taking anything for granted!

  32. Never stop learning as much as you can. I am 84 and I still learn every day of my life. I have worked or vacationed in 32 countries and 49 US states. Writing my blog is a pleasure I never expected to happen and sharing knowledge is a most rewarding benefit.

  33. Rich contents and so true! thanks for sharing Jaroslaw

  34. I was home educated alongside my four siblings and it was great! I pity children who have to go to school – they don’t have the freedom to be bored and learn to occupy themselves and find their own interests. I chose to go to college and university because I love studying, not because I had to or it was the ‘proper’ path.

  35. i love this, I want to travel with my daughter and will make that my reality. Sometimes I think it is okay to utilize the system to allow that to happen…especially if it is creating a certain skill set i.e. midwife. Great inspiring blog! I appreciate the links and inspiration :)

    • I trained at university as a midwife after being home educated all my life. I can only say being an ex-home ed student helped me, not hindered me! :) I hope you have a great time experiencing life together with your daughter! :)

  36. I stopped reading this one when you said a lot of teachers are in it because it is easy. I appreciate your sentiment, but anyone who has spent one day teaching a classroom of students would recognize that there is no such thing as an easy teaching job. Education issues are systemic and cultural issues, not just teacher issues.

    Let’s fight for change without calling teachers as lazy. Most teachers are dedicated, hard-working and love their students.

  37. Applause – and both for the career path (yes!) you’ve taken plus your insights and the insights of others you’ve posted. Just now, a ten year old immigrant from India has finished high school. Has he? Hell no, his mother pulled him out of school after about the first year and home-schooled him. Now he has passed with the maximum 4.0. Had she not done that he might well be a psychiatric case and on drugs by now!

  38. It is good to know that I am not the only one with those feelings.

  39. I totally agree with your comments and interpretations of your observations. Not only is school not for everyone, I think it’s failing most. There needs to be a better way to prepare our children to take over and save our world. They need to learn in and of this world not study books. Only then can they solve the problems instead of be the problem. Good luck with your quest. We should exchange notes sometime. I’m trying to develop a methodology to improve e learning – unrelated to standard schools. Take care. Todd Keitel.

    • Todd, glad to meet you. I’d like to be in any exchange of notes with you on “school escaped” education. The US is in deep edu-trouble.

  40. I totally agree with this. I’m 16, and I was in high school up until December of my sophomore year. I was failing all my classes (including history, which I probably knew more about than the history teacher) and I was just miserable. Got pulled out, started homeschooling, and I hated that too. I wanted to actually learn stuff that I would use in life and stuff I was interested in. But no, because apparently there’s a law that you have to be in school here in these “free” countries of America.

    Unfortunately, I’ll be going back again in August, and I’ll be graduating late. The worst part is, I’ll probably be the smartest kid in the whole school. Wish my mother would understand school like you :\

  41. That’s an interesting life you have. I am amazed about how much courage you have to just break free from the system. I have attended school constantly for close to two decades now and it amazes me sometimes that the kid in the corner that got 50-70% on their work knew much more then the kid with the perfect %100. You story has given me a bit of inspiration.

  42. I agree with you completely. I wish most people had the courage to follow their heart.

  43. I have to agree. Education is not the same as school and sometimes an education is better when you get it yourself from doing what you love. I wish I was brave enough to have just dropped everything and write, travel, experience.

  44. hey
    I wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work.
    i’m working on a school project on education around the world.
    again thank you.

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