Is the biggest problem with academia that learning sucks?
You spend a lot of time in school if you weren’t lucky enough to be homeschooled as a child. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t.
Whether it’s the particularly dull books, the underlying authoritarian nature, or any other gripe with the education system today, the best thing academia does is make students hate learning.
Many consider this to be the biggest problem with academia. However, I find it to be more of a symptom of academia, rather than the cause of the problem.
Learning doesn’t suck, but learning in school sure does.
The biggest problem with academia is they don’t know how to market or sell.
This could (and should) be interpreted in a variety of ways.
First, you could think that quite literally, academia doesn’t know how to sell or market. Why should they?
Public schools get their students based on a geographical location, which requires no extra effort on their part to make learning exciting to encourage new students to come there.
In higher education, a major form of funding they receive comes from the Federal Government. Instead of using that money persuade better teachers, they use it on lavish additions to their university, perpetuating the myth that many young people have: college is about partying, man!
This is marketing and selling that is fundamentally not based in education, which is *kind of* the whole point of college.
Let’s take this thinking a step further.
The professors or teachers don’t know how to market or sell either. Most people in academia have spent their entire lives in academia. Let me repeat that:
Most people in academia have spent their entire lives in academia.
That is crucial! These people who are supposed to be teaching you how to survive in the real world haven’t spent a single day of their lives in the real world. They never had to create anything for profits. They never had to appeal to a general audience. They never had to sell anything.
Yet, we have this idea that college is the roadmap to success. Nobody tells you what that success entails:
Successfully having zero real skills when you leave college!
Imagine if your teachers had experience with marketing and selling. You would leave school with the tools to create your own success. Not only that, but you probably would have been able to learn a lot more too.
Class is boring because teachers don’t know how to sell their information to you. It’s either unchallenging, uninspiring, irrelevant, or a convoluted mix of the three. Many times I have found the teacher is at fault, not the information.
The most obvious example of this in my own life was economics. Economics is fascinating. However, in my economics classes I took in school, it seemed like the primary goal of the class was to bore the students into submission, and make them despise economics.
Luckily, I had decided to take my education in my own hands. I was reading economic books at home, yet I was dreading to go to my economics class. I learned much more teaching myself about the subject than I ever could have learned in school.
The point of emphasis is this: in the market, economic books need to be appealing, intriguing, and insightful. The antithesis of what is preached in schools.
They were able to do this by selling their ideas, and putting it in an easily consumable and fun way. Again the antipode of school.
Luckily, my devotion to learning led me to pursue a market alternative to education with Praxis. Probably the single greatest decision I have made in my life.
What are you waiting for?