Drugs? No, relax (oh! there it was again)
Does is matter what college you attend? Does it matter if you even attend college? These are some difficult questions, especially in a culture where it’s just a given that college is essential to success. There’s this idea in the culture that a college education is simply essential to any kind of decent future. Listen, there’s nothing wrong with college, most of the time, but whether it is THE thing that will make your future – this I take issue with.
What DOES make all the difference is YOU. Having a sense that your life is your responsibility, that you are in command, that your choices and thoughts will make all the difference – THIS will determine your life. Do you see your life like that? If students do, then they are well on their way to being “just fine”. It’s this sense of taking charge that matters most. All those stories we hear about someone who came to “America” with a pocket full of change and today is highly successful… how did that happen? By taking charge. By having some self-motivation, an idea, a belief that you can simply make it happen and then you do.
College won’t give this to you. So if the choice was between college and the above, you guess which is the wise choice.
How do we develop this sense of self-determination within children? Isn’t that part of being “educated”? Traditional school surely does not concern itself with this arena. Actually, it does much to develop just the opposite sense in children. Does it not? All the “doing for” that goes on.? You don’t feel the least bit in control of your learning, your life or your future in the traditional model – it all happens around you, for you and without you.
Children need something else.
Here’s a radical idea: let’s simply let children figure out what moves them, interests them and let them do that with their life. Maybe some will need college to do whatever they need to do, not all will. THOUGHT alone will get you incredibly far. All those self-starters and self-taught types… yeah, they’re just fine aren’t they? Who helped them feel like their life was theirs to live, to direct.
This starts very early… that’s the scary part. We can’t wait until children are 17 or 10 or even 6 to develop this sense. It’s a sense-of-mind that develops from the start of life.