Here’s the thing with education and me:
We don’t really mix.
This fact, however, isn’t necessarily true because I’m stupid, lazy, unwilling to try or just otherwise unable.
It’s mainly because it bothers me, unless I’m interested in something I have trouble focusing on it, and, ok, a little bit of laziness.
So, to answer the original question: ‘Knowledge’ is very important. ‘Education’ is iffy in my view.
What’s the difference? Is there one? I think so. Because seemingly the majority of the world’s view of ‘education’ is that it’s necessary for life. And often, it is. Sure, World, I’ll give you that: Schooling can take you places. I’m not naive enough to say it can’t. Even with that in mind though, I don’t think it’s a cure-all. After all, as Ron White says, ‘you can’t fix stupid.’
There are stupid educated people, and really smart uneducated people.
See my point?
My problem is that a degree only proves so much. A high school diploma proves even less. There are way too many people who graduate from high school who can’t even read. And yet that’s good enough to get you a job at most companies.
Instead of using high school diplomas or college degrees to determine who gets a job, why don’t we do tests?
Harsh? Sure. Fair? More so, yes.
Experience > papers.
Going for a job that requires math? You have to be able to do it before you get the job, not just show that you passed high school. Going for a career that you’ll virtually never use math for at all? Screw it: Show us you can do what we need you do and we don’t care if you know 20+20. [Though, for your bills and stuff, that might be something worth brushing up on.]
In short [because I’m tired and I know I’m rambling, so please forgive me] I don’t see why it’s education people think is important. Because frankly, if you’re a dumbass or just too lazy to care about learning, you’re not GOING TO learn anything.
A diploma doesn’t prove that you’re smart: It proves that you can pass a test. And that is the most bullshit prerequisite for anything I have ever heard.
Yeah, sure. It makes it nicer for the idiots, or the people who are just too lazy.
And yes, when it comes to that, I AM a bit lazy. But not because I don’t want to or can’t do what’s ‘necessary’: It’s because I hate the fact it’s necessary. I know why I need to know basic math – because I need to be able to support myself and probably someday a family, and understanding how to do bills and pay checks and make sure the cashier isn’t ripping me off is important. I get that. That is completely understandable.
I hate math with a burning passion. I don’t enjoy it, and because I don’t enjoy it, I’m bad at it. I don’t have the patience for it – because I dislike it – so I’m never going to be good at it. I have no wish to know anything about math further than what I need to know to survive. I am never going to have a job that requires me to do anything past basic math.
So why. The hell. Do I have to spend time learning it. Why can’t I spend time learning things I LIKE or things I genuinely believe I’m going to USE? Why don’t I make use of my time and be able to better do whatever job I wind up doing instead of learning things to pass a test? Stupid logic is stupid.
And now, tired of writing. That was more of a rambling rant than an actual opinion. Forgive me.
Tomorrow’s topic: 10. Put your music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play.