Paths for freedom and progress
An academic degree is a ticket to social status ? Or a door to true professional dedication?
NOTICE ARCHIVE - 13/11/2016

All over the Western World students want free education, underpinned by a fundamental belief that quality education is a basic human right to be provided by the government.   Even if you agree with this assertion, there is a MAJOR problem with the logic: many students are conflating “education” with “university degree.”  

When you talk to them about free education, ask them questions like: How many books did you read in the past six months?  How many times did you go to the local library?  How many free online courses from top universities like Harvard, MIT, and Sorbonne did you take?  (Look after this at sites like www.edx.org).  How often have you actually used the multitude of free resources at your disposal to educate yourself? The truth is that there´s probably not a very expressed interest of the proper matter of education.  The most students today just want a free university degree… a piece of paper that confers neither education nor any guarantee of success in life.

Many of the important things we need to learn in life are not taught in school.   Making business is such example. You do not learn such skills at school. Farming or handcraft is learned on land or in workshop, not in the classroom. This is true with many other elements that help us achieve success in life -- maintance, housekeeping, networking, romance, personal health, etc. Certain professions do require formal schooling. However, that is not really the point.

This is ultimately about people expecting the government to steal from others and give them something of questionable value free when they have not yet taken steps to provide for themselves.
One could make the same argument that access to healthy food is a fundamental human right, and that the government should provide organic vegetables for free.  But how many seeds are people planting for themselves? A tomato plant can be grown from a single seed and about one square foot of space with almost no effort.  

You’ll eat better (and sooner) taking matters into your own hands rather than waiting for the government to pass some terrible law in order to give you something for free.   It is the same with education. Rather than demand a bunch of laws be passed (which, even if this ever happens, will take years), you will be much better off taking matters into your own hands.  This starts with expanding your thinking.

Rather than limit yourself to traditional options, consider whether university is the right option at all.  If you truly want to learn a highly valued skill that can pay the bills and provide income security (sales and marketing, business management, investing, design, web development, e-commerce, etc.) you may be better off eschewing university and instead learning directly from someone who has mastered what you want to know.  The simple concept of apprenticeship has worked for thousands of years: if you want to be successful, learn from successful people. 

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