Thursday, September 25, 2014

The New Education System

There is a lot to do and, right now, only me to do it.  Here's what I'm starting with. Always non linear

  • Pareto
  • Love
  • Duty
  • Profit
  • 99 to1
  • Giving Back
  • Success
  • Dynamic Grading
  • Foundation
  • Imbalanced
  • Remembering
  • Tim Ferris
  • John Carter
  • Harv
  • Devlyn
  • Drunvalo
  • Psychic Children
  • Recruitment: Students
  • Recruitment: Teachers
  • Board of Directors
  • Foundation
  • Marketing / Branding
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Time as an illusion
  • The primitive nature of written language
  • Malcom Gladwell and 10,000 hours
  • The Brain that Changes Itself
  • Systems
All these things are related and fortunately for me, my super power is linking things together, so let's get started!

The foundation for our current education system is flawed.  What is the purpose of education... ultimately? It's the same as the purpose of life, to create, give and love.  Education is to aid you in these purposes. Be happy now.  Logan is right on track in this video.  Our schools teach how to do, they need to teach how to be.  Since they are focused on doing, the question is always "What do you want to do when you grow up?" And the question should be "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The answer is always happy.  It's funny how many people identify themselves by their other words if you take away their job, what are they?  Well, they are still something but they don't know what that thing is. This identity crisis is caused by our education system.  It's fundamentally flawed.

It is a fact that government needs citizens to be productive to carry civilization along. For this reason government has been focused on creating people that do for the betterment of society and it's time to focus on creating people that are.  The basic verb of all western language is BE.

We ask how too much.  We've been programed from our earliest years to always ask how.  How do you get across the road, how to you multiply numbers?  Without a motivation these questions are pointless.  I used to teach Physics to high school kids and the question was always the same: "Um, why do I need to know this?" Why do you want across the road?  Why do I need to multiply numbers?  For what purpose do I need these things.  In fact, that's it, our current education system is either without purpose or has the wrong one.

"Kids will do things they are stoked on."  We fundamentally know this and it's where the idea of learning a span of all these different subjects stems from.  Exposure to multiple disciplines allows us to discover what we like and don't like.  What we have a natural affinity towards.  By the way, where does this "natural" affinity come from? Cosmic Contract, more on this later.  Doing things we don't like to do is how we grow.  Working out 6x/week isn't always what I want to do, but in long run I'm happier for being in great shape, my mind works better and my wife doesn't think I'm a fat slob... The point is I benefit from it even if I don't want to do it everyday....however eventually you get to the point where you only pay attention to the benefits, then I actually get excited about the idea of working out. I get stoked on it!  Some people love it so much all they want to do is work out and share what they know to others. They discovered what they love and give it to others and guess what, they are happy.

It's a fine line; we want to expose kids to multiple subjects so they may discover, (as I no longer believe we discover anything and we are actually just remembering it, see Plato for details, I will only use the word 'remember' henceforth, so if you read the word 'remember' and don't understand, just use 'discover,) what they love, and a lot of the time we need to push them into subjects they don't like because it will help them grow... after all we always know what's best for our kids don't we.  Oddly, people go their whole lives and never remember what they love or why they are here, so whatever we're doing isn't working.  This is why we keep pushing multiple subjects all the way through high school. We believe they need this "well balanced" education so they may discover what they love. Then, magically, after graduation they are supposed to know what they love and get specific in college and hyper specific in post grad. 

We need a remembering phase to start our education and this can easily happen before a child even gets to first grade.  It is as simple as asking the parents, "what does he/she like to do all day?" Sing, dance, write, paint, draw, build, count?  Then once discovered, have the kids do that!  They will realize on their own they need to read to get better at something, so they will want to learn to read.  They need to do math and geometry to paint better, or draw and architect buildings. They need to learn math and history to understand economics and become better traders.  They need logical skills to write better computer programs.  

In the words of Steven Pressfield, "Fuck the marshmellows"

We tell kids they need to be balanced for the first 20 years of their lives and then tell them once they are balanced they need to get imbalanced.  The universe is so beautiful because of it's diversity and how everything fits together.  The Universe is always in perfect balance with each of us being completely different.  If we were all balanced we'd all be the same person...yet we are not, so why keep trying to balance.  It's simple chaos theory, they is perfect order from all of us being different.  The balance is created from imbalance.  Even Tim Ferris who says it's good to be a jack of all trades wants to be completely imbalanced...he wants to become the greatest learner in the world, he's specializing in something, he's not balanced.  To my Johnnie friends, our school was imbalanced.  I once jokingly said to a tutor, Peter Pessic, at St John's we don't learn HOW to do anything, and he simply replied, "But with St John's you now can learn how to do anything."  We were imbalanced, we focused on learning how to learn, we weren't carpenters, engineers or programmers.

Malcom Gladwell wrote about the 10,000 hour rule.  This is the time it takes to get good at anything.  10,000 hours is only 3.5 years at 8 hours a day.  Imagine what we could do with this planet if kids were pro's before they turned 10.  Computer programmers developing entire new languages, traders pulling $1,000,000.00 by their 18th birthday, artists selling their works for $100k a pop, then donating the money to charity if they want.  If they choose to go to college, doctors and researchers curing disease. Solving world hunger, creating peace on Earth. the possibilities are endless.  This was the true purpose of education but it got lost somewhere.

Some of the most successful people on the planet don't graduate college.  

It is my mission to design a new education system.  One that allows kids to remember who they are and what they love and to be happy at all times.  By the time they leave high school they will either have 6 figure incomes, move on to study in college, or go off into the woods and live as a hermit for the rest of their lives...if that's what they want.  The point is they will be happy.  Because they are happy they will want others to be happy.  This is the foundation of the new education system. It is not flawed for it is based on love.

It starts with defining core values:
  • Be happy now
  • Love is everything, the more we love the happier we become
  • For it is in giving... that we receive (Prayer of St Francis)
  • There is no balance, do what you love, love what you do
  • Money is an important tools that helps you achieve success


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