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School’s out – Day 116/139

Today was the last day of school here in Finland. Again thousands of young people graduated from their schools. Most notable of these graduations is the high school (lukio) graduation.

Graduating high school means a big party.

I was invited to one of these parties held by my wife’s relative. More interesting than the party itself was the atmosphere of success. The 19-year old girl who graduated was a straight-A student. She was obviously up for a scholarship for her success. Here’s basically what happened:

  1. She worked her ass off for 13 years in school to get to this point.
  2. She still doesn’t know why she’s doing it.
  3. But luckily the school does, they awarded her with a scholarship worth 85 € for a job well done.

Apart from Harry Potter, who has ever been sorry that the school term ends?

In Finland we have the compulsory education (oppivelvollisuus) sometimes called “koulupakko” as in “forced school”. Learning new things, basically the most fascinating thing out there, is turned it to a compulsory duty.

On top of that the school system has crappy incentives. It’s not like 85 € was in any balance with the amount of work and dedication a person puts into their studying in order to get there. The only real incentive for doing well in school is that you on average get a better job.

I will argue that such a distant incentive is not motivating for almost anyone. In order for people to do well in school they must adopt a personal incentive on the meta-level. You have to learn to like what you’ve been told – not to learn more about whatever you like.

Lifelong learning – Day 87/139

I was recently interviewed about education and need for professional courses in my business activities. I think I gave all the wrong answers.

In a short period of time my respect for extensive education has collapsed.

I used to believe that education and especially university-level education are the solution to success in our society. Most people still believe that the education you get will predestinate the success for the rest of your life. On average this is true.

But is the success actually caused by the education or could it be that the people who complete their education had been successful regardless of their education?

I will argue that people will learn anyway what they consider inspiring. School works for people who don’t have the passion and motivation to learn stuff themselves.

So, when I was asked what kind of professional courses I would like to have to help my business, I couldn’t think of anything. Even the best people giving courses are seldom passionate about what their students do. In contrast, if there was a person who was both knowledgeable and passionate about their subject and could provide their skills for the students to use, that would be a completely different thing.

The importance of learning cannot be denied.

But everyone should stop and ask why they are learning stuff the way they’re doing it. Are they learning for themselves or for the system? And if the answer is for themselves then why do it as inefficiently as the school system tends to do it. Ask why and try to understand the answer. For example:

Ask your mother why she made you do your homework.

Didn’t see this coming – Day 51/51

Now after 51 days of tinkering with this project it’s time to put an end to this charade.

It’s better to quit before it starts to hurt.

So here is my testament to all my readers who believed this could become something:

  • After nearly two months it’s evident that one cannot make a million.
  • Posting in this blog has taken me nowhere.
  • Recent weeks have shown that things take a lot more time than I hoped.
  • I‘ve been forced to disregard my studies during this project.
  • Losing my own savings is the worst possible outcome.
  • For now, I should save my money for buying an apartment for my wife.
  • Obviously, my priorities have to be on the reality, not the future.
  • Openness doesn’t work if I’m the only one doing it.
  • Lots of people have shown their support but haven’t really done anything.
  • So, my next step is to get a real job. Let me know if you have one.

Over and out.