The crisis is still with us. Grads look for jobs and don’t find them. People call for a rescue to save them and others. There’s despair and longing and a sense of hopelessness. But not everywhere. For some there’s a better way. Necessity is the mother of invention. The ones you will see rise up today are the ones who can tap into what made this country what it is: intrinsic motivation, perseverance, inventiveness, confidence, curiosity, boldness, independence and courage.
Watch this music video and what do you see? I see two young people ” just doing what needs to be done”. They put themselves out there. They are making something of value because they can, and maybe they have to. Hand-outs are not ever an answer. Hand-outs train people to wait for help. It trains them to “rely on” and become DEpendent. That’s no future. Maybe it’s just me but the passion and confidence I see in these two is what will carry them. Never mind the particular song if you don’t care for it – see the souls of these two, their spirit. I’m not worried about them.
The world is spinning out and we need young people to understand what will get them ahead. The ones who are capable of rising themselves up will be the ones to make the future, to carry the world forward. We need education to play a role in nurturing these young people, to show them that this is possible. We don’t need schools that train them to sit and wait, to follow the rules, to be lead and to just do what they are told. Maybe too many generations of that is taking its toll today.
Education needs a reality check today. It needs to be able to show all students (i) that they have something inside themselves that they can contribute, (ii) that they can develop the skills to make that contribution. But that skill development is not what’s on offer in most schools today. There’s no path there for the innovators and creators. Half of them are “tamed” with medication to help them “focus” and be calm and controlled. That’s a shame because the taming also suppresses that which actually makes them tick, that which would unlock their contribution.
So, “cheers” to those who are striking out on their own, who have discovered their contribution.