Education of zombies, by zombies

(Discovering truth beyond what “they” tell us)

Life Tip #16: To go or not to go to college, that is the question. Over my many years of attending 11, yes eleven, colleges and universities, I have learned that in today’s world, a college degree is becoming less of a requirement to succeed in this world. It all just depends on what your goals and dreams are.

My 11 colleges and universities were by no means all necessary. Several happened through fits, starts, and indecision of my own. Stupid! But if a college degree is required on the road to your dreams, then by all means go for it. But if it’s not, think twice before plunking down thousands of hard-earned dollars.

Life Tip #17: College is a means to an end. Even if you just want to go to “broaden you mind” it is still a means to that end of broadening your mind. But if your goals and dreams can be reached without having to get that piece of paper, by all means don’t waste your time and money. I earned my Master’s Degree partly because I just had that as a life goal ever since I’d reached adulthood. So it was a means to that end. I do feel my own sense of pride for accomplishing that.

But I also partly went for that degree to help me in my profession. The trouble is that by the time I got the degree I was no longer passionate about my profession. Oops. The moment I got that piece of paper I found myself wishing I had majored in something more enjoyable, which for me would have been English or History.

Life Tip #18: Read books. Lots of books. The most successful people in the world read lots and lots of books.

Life Tip #19: It’s okay to learn from what you find on the Internet, but please I beg you to check the sources and research multiple sources. I honestly think that half of the world’s problems today exist because we are all falling for fake news, fake information, and “fake facts.”

Life Tip #20: By taking the initiative to direct your own learning, you will discover a world of information that never made it into your school textbooks, onto the newsroom broadcast, or even onto mainstream websites.

For example, it took me to join the Peace Corps and live in Paraguay, South America, to learn about a major war where nearly 100,000 people perished. The Chaco War, fought between Paraguay and Bolivia less than 100 years ago, was arguably a war over oil interests, among other things. Have you ever heard of Standard Oil or Shell Oil? I thought so. It is argued that the companies, each partnering with one of the countries in question, encouraged the war because the disputed land was thought to be rich in oil reserves.

The only problem was that, 100,000 lives later, it turned out they were wrong about the oil reserves. Scandalous! Yet you probably never heard about this until now. I guess too much other news was going on, in places like Europe, in the early 1930s.

How many other chunks of history do you not know about, because your state’s curriculum adopters and the textbook publishers “decided” that other information was more important for you to know? What you learn in school is decided by “powers that be” who think they know what you need to know.

This is why we must take the initiative to learn beyond the classroom.

Read my more in-depth post about The Chaco War here: Who’s Deciding History

 

“The best classroom in the world is probably sitting with an elderly person.” ~ Kurt Borne