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​What schools do not teach you about life - Part 1

Being an educator by profession, I realise that there are key pitfalls and limitations of the education system that I would like to highlight.  I am not anti-formal education. That would be contradictory to my personal stand.


However, I would like to share the limitations of our education system so that readers of my blog would realise that to progress in life, one has to treat life itself as a learning process. 


As what Jim Rohn has said, 'Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.' 


Here in the first of a five part series, I have invited a few guest writers to write their opinions on the limitations of our education system.


3 things important in life that you don't get to learn in school

​Many of us went school to get good grades and look for good paying jobs. However, formal education should encompass more than this; it needs to involve various life-lessons and life-skills that a person can put into use after the formal years of schooling. 


These essential life-skills should help people navigate their future and ensure that they become a well-rounded and successful individual. 


Even though many high schools and colleges nowadays are teaching numerous valuable skills, the current academic curriculum was not built to teach one how to thrive in life. 


Some things that are essential to survival in life that aren’t taught in traditional learning institutions are what one really needs in real life,  such as looking after financial responsibilities and making investments, how to face real-world scenarios and how to think logically to use information, instead of just memorizing it.


So, are you ready to know the top 3 things you need in life but are not taught in school? Then read on…


1.    Managing or saving Money the right way


Schools are known to teach accounting, finance, etc. but most never educate one about the importance of saving, or why it is essential that you keep to your budget, how to manage your own money and the biggest one would be - how the tax system works. Above all else, we have all once underestimated the importance of learning what the value of a dollar means. 

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2.    The possible sources of motivation are far more complex


School is one of the most competitive places you will be during your lifetime. Students compete for grades, sports, popularity among friends and also the teachers' attention. However, there is nothing else that can teach you more about competition than when you leave school and make it to the next stage of life.


The world is getting smaller day by day.  Technology is creating competition from around the world and is arguably the biggest game changer in a country's progress. 


Did you worry about the competition your classmates created in school? The moment you made it to the real working world, everyone in the world is now your competitor, even a seemingly 'nice' colleague who may pose 'friendly competition' at work.


You always thought good grades were a good motivation in school but wait till you see how money and power motivates people in the adult working world. Some may not even hesitate to employ vicious tactics to get rid of their competition. Yes you may argue vicious competition may have also existed during one's schooling years, but it is simply far too little compared to the corporate world. 


In the adult working world, sometimes the main motivation , albeit how unmotivational, is to make sure there is food on the table.


Life is far more complex than what school portrays. It is not uncommon to find people getting a 'rude shock' as they transit to the adult life. 

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3.    Schools teach you that there is a right answer OR there is a way to find the right answer


In school you only make short term goals like getting good grades for your tests and examinations and class projects and getting promoted to the next level.


You may have been tasked with an major assignment and once you complete them and fulfill the minimum expectations, within one to three months or so, you get your results back.


There IS and end to the academic year.


Real life does not work this way as our goals outside of the classroom are much more long-term and can take years to transpire.


There are no 'right or wrong ways' to approach many tasks. Unlike in one's schooling years, there is no teacher to tell you what you are doing in life is right or wrong. No one will grade you for your life.


Your real life is not broken down neatly into terms and semesters unlike in school years. Some people never get promoted in their jobs for many years. Some people never witness success in their business for many years.


But for one to succeed in life, one must be willing to learn and re-learn in life and upgrade their knowledge based on the lessons of those who have made it. 


For you to survive in the real working world, you need to learn how to keep a positive mindset for you to survive. Sometimes success does not come easy. 


In fact success always do not come easy and there is no set time frame for one to achieve success. Unlike in the schooling years, you do not get a grade in life, you do not get a 'model answer' to your problems.


Formal schooling is important in teaching us certain academic skills and knowledge, but they do not really prepare us for the real world. 

​​​Written by Abraham A.L.

16th April 2018


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