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The Education Trap
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We've written for years (see Debtucation) about the scourge of schooling. For decades, governments have been promoting school as being necessary. Celebrities, probably thinking they are doing the "right thing" often promote the message, "stay in school". Here are some Public "Service" Accouncements from people like Mr. T. and NBA players and rappers.
No one ever thinks to ask, hey, Mr. T., did you learn to be an actor and how to work-out and grow a mohawk in school? Nor do they ask the same questions of a bunch of multi-millionaire basketball players and rappers. Did Michael Jordan learn to play basketball "in school"? For the rappers, I don't remember there being Hip Hop 101 in college.
All public school is, in the US today, is indoctrination for jail or to train you to be a cubicle rat for the rest of your life.
As this video points out school is, basically, jail for kids:
There is not much difference today between school and jail in reality as the following video shows:
Stories such as this only serve to prove the point. In Chicago, recently, 6 and 7 year olds were handcuffed and told they would never see their parents again for the crime of "talking in class".
THE SCHOOL "SYSTEM"
Jim Rohn said, "formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune."
Today, however, formal education often does not even make you a living as the cost of schooling has increased dramatically ever since the government subsidized it with grants, loans and tax benefits.
But, education is not the real goal of the education system. As William Torrey Harris, US Commissioner of Education in 1906 said, "Education... scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual".
Johann Gottlieb Fichte, head of philosophy & psychology at Prussian University in Berlin, said it even more clearly, "Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished."
THE 99% HAVE HAD THEIR FREE WILL DESTROYED
The saddest thing I have seen in a long time is this page: http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com
And, it's not necessarily sad because of the tough situation these thousands of people have found themselves in.
What is sad is that you can see how broken they are as individuals. How they bought into a system and have had all their free will drained from them. This is particularly shown by the fact that thousands of people would take the time to write out on a piece of paper all of their concerns and unhappiness with the expectation that this will CHANGE anything!
I estimate over 90% of the people on that site appear to be in rough shape due to student loans. But not one of them sees the truth. They've all been brainwashed to think a college education is not only a good thing but is a guarantee of having a great life.
Take this starving artist, as example:
$175,000 in student loans? To become an "artist"? But he sounds as though it is the system that let him down. He takes no responsibility for his massive error in judgement.
And, take a look at this:
She is 47, penniless and in debt after her "college education" yet what does she want for her daughters? To put them through the same system! She has been brainwashed to believe that a "college education" is a necessary and good thing despite all the evidence her own life has provided that it was not.
Rather than realizing their errors many of these people figure that writing their problems on a piece of paper on the internet may help! Or, by chasing down rich Wall St. bankers (a symptom of the problem) with pitchforks while admonishing the government (the real problem) to play a bigger role in the economy.
STUDENT LOANS ARE SLAVERY
Rather than hoping the government helps them, many of these people with student debts should be looking at ways to get out of the country.
Why? First of all, student debt is the only debt in the US which is not able to be defaulted on in a bankruptcy. In other words, the starving artist above with $175,000 in debt will never be able to remove that chain from his neck as long as he lives in the country. If he were to expatriate he could at least start fresh somewhere else.
And now the US Government has dropped many hints that in order to get a passport in the future you will need to have your government debts (taxes, loans etc) up-to-date.
It is not much of a stretch of the imagination for the US Government to demand that all those behind on their student debt will be ordered to report to duty with the military. Any opposition will be met with unlimited prison sentences.
There are plenty of opportunities in the world. Look for employment in places like the Canadian oilsands, where they can't even find enough employees. Or in booming places such as the Middle East (try Qatar) or in Asia (plenty of finance related jobs in Hong Kong - and a 15% income tax rate).
But, remember, in life there are no "sure things" or guarantees. The government fooled you into thinking there are, but there isn't. In real life you just have to get out there and do it.
KEEP YOUR KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL
For those with children, keep them out of school. Any school.
Real education, today, is all free and can be done via the internet from anywhere. All you have to do is ensure your child can read and from there they can self-educate.
MIT's entire curriculum is available online for free via MIT's OpenCourseWare. As well, University of the People is a tuition free online university. Not to mention there is a YouTube video or a Wikipedia article on any subject matter you'd ever want to know.
BE A COLLEGE DROP-OUT... OR DROP-IN
I am not a college drop-out. I'm a college drop-in. I dropped in to college, at the behest of my mother, for a few days and quickly got out of there. Consider doing the same.
Don't get caught in the education trap.