“When I left school at the age of fifteen I was halfway through the tenth grade. I left for two reasons, economic necessity being the first of them. More important was that school was interfering with my education.”
― Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man“
This will probably be short. People ask me all the time, “Will you go back to school?”
Meaning, formalized education.
I survived 14 years of formal education. Barely. I found it difficult to conform, not ask the wrong questions, give the right answers (that didn’t make sense), and get along with the general nonsense of organized education.
Though, of course, there were amazing moments as well.
Why would I go back to school?
The #1 reason that people give is ‘to earn more money’.
Shall I leave the answer about whether school = more money as an exercise to the reader?
What would the other reason be?
To learn things? In my experience, I’ve had to unlearn much of what I was taught there already for my happiness. And, I can learn 99% of things faster “my way” than I ever could at university.
How do I learn?
- Direct experience – doing the thing I want to learn about
- Thinking – Which means writing about it, most often
- Finding amazing teachers for a topic and learning from them
For me, formal education provides maybe a 2/10 in each of these. When left to my own devices, I manage an 8/10.
I will tell you where I am going to school. Probably for the next hundred years: The University of Superheroes, from Michael Tertes.
Traditional education is a process of homogenization and ‘giving you information until you are good enough.”
Superhero U is about showing you how you are already amazing, helping you unlock that, and bring it out into the world.
And oh yeah.