My parents always told me to work hard at school because achieving good grades leads to financial success. Besides this, I was told that academic education will make me exceptionally intelligent.
However, when I grew up and studied successful and highly intelligent individuals, I realized that academic education neither made them intelligent nor successful.
Also, I discovered the disastrous effects of academic education.
In today’s article, I will provide the 5 main implications of academic education that make me doubt its importance.
1. Academic Education Prepares us to be Workers
Academic education prepares us to work for other people for the rest of our lives. Teachers always told us that getting a high-paying job is the only path to prosperity. Therefore, we strived to pass exams so that we become employees and not employers.
2. Academic Education Makes Us to Have a Wrong Understanding of Intelligence
School results in people having a wrong understanding of what it means to be intelligent. It makes people believe reading and memorizing stuff makes them intelligent, although intelligence means the ability to solve problems. Furthermore, school makes people who fail their exams think they are unintelligent while it makes those who pass exams believe they are intelligent.
3. Academic Education Teaches us to Never Think Outside the Box
Life requires us to think creatively: to think outside the box. However, academic education trained us to think according to specific rules. We had to think the way teachers wanted us to think, and we were awarded low grades for thinking outside the box.
4. Academic Education Kills Talents
All Children are Born Artists: The Problem is to Remain Artists Till They Grow Up- Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Academic education has destroyed billions of talents. School made us believe our talents won’t make us successful because the only way we could achieve success was by passing exams and getting a job. For this reason, most of us avoided developing our divine talents and focused on passing exams.
5. Academic Education Makes us to Fear Making Mistakes
School made us fear making mistakes because we were awarded low grades for providing wrong answers. Teachers advised us to avoid making mistakes although mistakes provide valuable lessons which enable us to develop our skills.
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