Via Patri, found this great article (and site!) over at Penelope Trunk. The full out post is a linkfest to other material (much of which looks worth reading) on Penelope’s site. If I only had the time.
Anyway, I’m very much anti-schooling these days. I feel this way for a multitude of reasons, but the main two are:
- Schooling in no way mimics real life. Schooling is centrally controlled, rigid, boring, one-size-fits-all, socially backward and doesn’t encourage students to take chances, be curious, use their brains, etc. For all of these reasons, schooling as we know it (across all levels of the education system — grade school to graduate) stunts the growth of human beings.
- Schooling is antiquated. We have the internet. I’ve learned more following my own curiosity scouring the Internet than I learned in 20 years of school. And that was in five years? The schooling system was broken already, but now its downright moot.
Here are Penelope’s eight reasons not to go to graduate school (Go to her site if you want her additional commentary on each reason):
- Grad school pointlessly delays adulthood.
- PhD programs are pyramid schemes
- Business school is not going to help 90% of the people who go.
- Law school is a factory for depressives.
- The medical school model assumes that health care spending is not a mess.
- Going to grad school is like going into the military. . . . Military is the terrible escape hatch for poor kids, and grad school is the terrible escape hatch for rich kids.
- Most jobs are better than they seem: You can learn from any job.
- Graduate school forces you to overinvest: It’s too high risk.