Sunday, October 2, 2011

Train for life

It amazes me how the educational system continues to stuff pupils' heads with expired theories and names of rivers they will never even mention again, yet it fails to teach kids basic skills they will so desperately need in life.

How to manage rejection.

How to stay focused.

How to keep going after having failed a hundred times.

No one teaches us that. A few fortunate ones develop these abilities instinctively in their families. But as families disintegrate, someone needs to take over this role. A big part of our society is deeply unhappy because people lack these basic, crucial life skills. Others learn them during adulthood at enormous emotional and financial costs, though I am not at all convinced that the gap missed early in life can ever be fully closed later.

Why limp through life when we could run?

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