Why Our Education System Lets Us Down
Schools, parents tell us that education and getting a career are the compelling pathways to wealth. They may be and there is certainly nothing wrong with getting an education. This book promotes education as a lifelong process. But if you were told at school that you would need to work for 35-40 years from 9 to 5 and then live a very, very modest retirement, how many would sign up for that?
We teach them to share, to play nicely, to be fair, to take responsibility for their actions and to put their wrongs right. Everything we teach them in these formative early years is about justice and fairness.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach them these things but we should also teach them that, unfortunately, the reality is that life isn’t always fair, that bad things do happen to good people. People do lie, people do break promises, good decisions don’t always end with good results, and as frustrating as it is to accept, we often have no control over the actions of others, and most importantly, often you need to accept what you believe is right or just may differ from what other’s believe is right or just.
My personal opinion is that if more people understood that life is nothing like what they teach you in kindergarten there would be far less angst, less stress, less wars, and less lengthy and costly court battles going on all over the world in the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’.