5 reasons why you don’t need to teach math
Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Homeschooling isn’t what it used to be. Here are 5 reasons why you don’t need to teach math handful of reasons homeschooling makes sense in 2018.
Personalized learning is a strong method of instruction. The core idea of homeschooling is the idea that kids need to learn at the speed, and in the style, most appropriate for them. In the education world, enthusiasts call the approach “personalized learning,” and it’s in place in a number of schools already. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are big fans of personalized learning, since it tends to use technology as a way to tailor lesson plans to students.
Homeschooling parents can take the method a step further. As parents, many are in the best position possible to know, and provide, the right kind of instruction. Students can learn more about what they really care about. Without formal curricula to guide their education, homeschoolers get the chance to explore a range of topics that might not be normally offered until high school or college. They can study psychology in fourth grade, or finance in eighth grade. Some parents are capable enough to pass on this knowledge themselves. Some take their older kids to local community colleges.
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While many homeschool families do teach English, math, science, and history, education is by no means limited just to those subjects. Social media gives kids a way to form lasting friendships. Before the internet, there was some truth to the stereotype. But today’s students have just as much opportunity to see kids their own age as those in private or public schools, and often without as much distraction. Students don’t deal with cliques or bullying.
Homeschoolers don’t deal with all the downsides of being around kids in a toxic school environment. Plenty of critics argue these downsides are actually good for toughening kids up, but kids who are bullied more often face symptoms of depression and anxiety, do worse in class, and show up to school less frequently. Homeschooled kids are able to learn in a more harmonious environment. Schooling isn’t set apart from the “real world. Contrary to the name, homeschooling takes place in an actual home only a fraction of the time. A great deal of instruction happens in community colleges, at libraries, or in the halls of local museums. Since kids spend more time around adults in the “real world,” they rarely come to see school as set apart from other aspects of life.
Students may achieve more in the long run. Homeschooling makes sense from an achievement point of view. Research suggests homeschooled children tend to do better on standardized tests, stick around longer in college, and do better once they’re enrolled. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.
I got off to a bad start. It was the fall of 2005. There I was in my college business class. I had a few business endeavors I had been working on outside of the classroom already, and I was super excited to learn about business in the college setting. My professor introduced herself, she gave us a 10 minute speech about business and entrepreneurship and then she asked us to open our text books where she began going over a few business terms. Since I was studying business outside of the classroom by building a business, I was puzzled to find that my professor was referencing business terminology that was flat-out incorrect and in some cases totally outdated.
I proceeded to raise my hand and correct her. After the first correction she smirked and said, “thanks for clearing that up. After the second correction, she was noticeably ticked off, and after the third correction, she asked me to leave the classroom. I mean afterall, I was paying to be taught about business and I wasn’t going to allow someone to teach me and my peers information that was incorrect. So this is where my journey and yours begins. We’ve reached a point in human history where higher education no longer works. As a result of technology, higher education in it’s traditional college setting no longer works.
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It will never be effective or progressive enough to keep up with the growing needs of employers who look to college institutions for their future employees. Anyone who makes the terrible mistake of pursuing a college education in this day and age will live to regret it. I’m going to tell you 7 reasons why you shouldn’t go to college and 4 things you should do instead, because an entire generation of Millennials have already been screwed and there may not be much many of the them can do to undo the damage they’ve done with 6-figure student loan debt and worthless degrees that only lead to dead-end entry level positions, if any at all. This argument doesn’t start and stop at college. This is really a problem with our education system as a whole.
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As an adolescent we’re trained to get straight A’s and when we don’t perform up to par, we’re told by our parents, our teachers and our guidance counselors that “we’re throwing our life away or that we’ll never amount to anything. So let’s say that you buy into this propaganda. In case you think I’m making a big deal about nothing, look at Millennials. We’re the most highly educated generation in human history, yet many of us can’t accept the most smallest of life disappointments. We’re so used to gold stars and Straight A’s that once we screw up a job interview we come home crying to mommy about how hard the interviewer was on us. Do you think or expect that graduating from college should help ensure you are able to obtain suitable employment?
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Afterall, that’s why you’re spending 10’s of thousands of dollars to receive a college degree right? Class of 2014 expect to find a job in their chosen field. So why can’t college grads find jobs? It’s because they have zero skills.
Here’s the fundamental reason why college is now obsolete and a total scam. The original intent of higher education was to create a workforce that exercised their brains to think bigger and brighter so that they could expand their minds to new things and new experiences. In the 1970’s this all changed. 1 Trillion in student loan debt. The Federal Government loves this by the way, because student loans are the only debt that can’t be expunged in bankruptcy proceedings, which means you have no choice but to pay it.
This doesn’t take into account room and board which according to Collegedata. I’ll do the math for you. I’ve seen it over and over again. I’ve had so many colleagues, friends and family members who graduated from college, got their first corporate gig and simply weren’t prepared. College doesn’t teach you any skills. Class of 2014 expect to be trained on-the-job by their first employer.
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From personal experience I can say that every professional job I’ve ever had has required me to know substantially more than what was printed in the job description. Lucky for me I’m well-versed in many fields so I have always performed well. I have had a very successful career in marketing working with Fortune 500 companies both on the client and agency side, and every business I’ve ever worked with expected me to know far more than just marketing. The world moves too fast for our education system to keep up. As soon as the ink dries in a text book, the information is likely to become obsolete or incorrect before it’s even handed to the student. This was certainly the case with me, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article. We’re living in the age of media.
Everyone and everything is a media platform. People are making online celebrities out of their dogs, cats, babies and themselves. This is why graphic designers, writers, online marketers, photographers, film makers and programmers are crushing it right now and will continue to crush it for decades to come, because creativity, technology and entertainment is what drives the economy today. This is why psychology and business degrees are total pieces of junk. There’s one of two conclusions that people come to when deciding what career they want to pursue and the degree that goes along with it.
One conclusion is based on the passion they have for the career field. The other more common reason is based on how in-demand the career field is. This is the scam everyone is sold in high school. When you go to college and spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a job that is in-demand, you become one of a million other clones that have your same specs. Millennials are the most educated generation in human history, which is why they are also one of the most underemployed generations in human history. The people who sent us down the path of higher education clearly don’t understand basic economics and the law of supply and demand.
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As of this writing, I’m 28 years old. My 20’s flew by faster than I could have ever imagined. I can’t imagine how far behind I would be if I didn’t make the biggest decision of my life 9 years ago, which was to drop out of college. After my freshmen year of college in 2005 I began a journey to look deep inside myself and explore the trajectory of the world.
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I hedged a bet that the education system was going to fail us by improperly preparing students for the real world and their careers. I also explored the rising cost of college tuition rates and realized that the value portrayed was fraudulent, so I dropped out of college and got my education by educating myself. In case you’re wondering what I’ve put on my resume’ for education, I put high school and this has never denied me job opportunities because my portfolio speaks for itself. In this day and age, employers care about value. Everyone’s not an entrepreneur and everyone’s not capable of building a business. However, if you have the slightest aptitude or interest in building a business, you need to pursue this before you ever waste one dollar on a semester in college. Nowadays, thanks to The Internet, building a business is easier and cheaper than ever before.
The barriers to entry are insanely low, and the knowledge required is relatively easy to obtain. Do you have a hobby or passion like make-up, fashion, gadgets, movies, music etc? If so, building a personal brand is for you. As I mentioned earlier, we’re in the age of media. If you’ve got what it takes to entertain someone or give them something of value, then you need to be building a brand. So many people complain about the lack of jobs that are available.
However, they’re really referring to white collar jobs. A skill that can be learned at a vocational or trade school. I just gave you the cold-hard facts about a college education and I supported it with irrefutable data. You can continue down a path that’s riddled with tremendous uncertainty cloaked in the disguise of opportunity, or you can wake up to the real world that surrounds you and take the path less traveled. If a college education wasn’t necessary for Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, then why is it necessary for you? We hold these great leaders in such high esteem, yet we enter the institutions that weren’t necessary for these great minds.
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The world we now live in today can be summed up in one word: Value. This is a tremendous divergence from the world of yesterday, because the world today requires value. It has no patience for people who are all-show and no-go. Those who contribute value to the world, their employer, their customers and the people around them will win.
Michael Price is an entrepreneur and author of What Next? The Millennial’s Guide To Surviving and Thriving in the Real World. An advocate of ideas for radical change, he has received critical acclaim for his lessons in education, career, entrepreneurship, and personal finance. Follow Michael Price on Twitter: www.
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