Uh, what exactly do you mean “school is the ultimate...?” 🤔
No, I don't believe that School is the ultimate. But however, before you say that school is not important or ultimate try and get a degree first.
School systems were supposed to educate and train us. In other words, people go to school to acquire education.
*What is education?*
Education according to Merriam Webster's dictionary is defined as is the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university. Also defined as the process of teaching someone especially in a college, school or university.
*Why Do People Go to school?*
People go to school because they believe and were told that after acquiring a degree or certificate they will get a job and start living their dreams. So basically, people go to school to get jobs.
Unfortunately, people finish school and realize that there are no jobs. So they settle for something else, others diversify into learning something else outside school, others get frustrated and end up committing suicide, others go back to school to accumulate more degrees.
People go to school because they want want to meet Society standards and fit into a particular status in the society, *"the learned!"*. People don't go to school because they want to solve society's problems. They're not even train that way.
Often times, people tend to realize later that perhaps they would've been better off without school. When they begin to do other things to create a means of livelihood for themselves away from what they study in school, they feel that years spent in school to acquire a degree was a wasted adventure.
School was supposed to give us more of experience than theories but we get the reverse. More of theories than experience. That's why in some firms or establishments, you would see someone who didn't go to school or complete school leading those who went to school. *Why?*
Because they have more experience than them. They know exactly what to be done and in some cases they'll have to teach the graduates what to be done regarding the job.
School is not the ultimate. If not why would Banks spend huge resources to train graduates of banking and finance and other graduates to get to perform the job. I mean this is their field, one would expect they hit the ground running but yet they have to be subjected to System processes. That means the school failed to do something in their training process.
School is not the ultimate. If not why is it that our educational system which was supposed to be the fighting ground for corruption is now a breeding ground for it?
School is not the ultimate. If not why is it that the richest men of this world are business men and entrepreneurs and not academicians?
School is not the ultimate. If not why will a computer science or engineering graduate not know or have a single residual knowledge about cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, airdrops, steem, digital currency and bitcoin. Why someone else who hasn't been to school will stay on the internet and know so much about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies and their modus operandi?
This goes a long way to tell that we can train our mind and receive some form of education without necessary going to school. With the advent of technology and internet, this is possible as information is readily available.
Yet people spend so much money at school to acquire a degree and then come out frustrated. Jobs are disappearing as we move on, unemployment rate is increasing and keep getting higher according to predictions. Computers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are competing with us, including our smart phones and gadgets. Subtly, doing jobs that would've been done by humans.
**SO HOW SMART ARE WE?**
**ARE WE AS SMART AS OUR SMARTPHONES?**
We have to be smart enough to know that school is not the ultimate. However, school is basic. Go to school if you can but not just for the degree, get good grades but open your mind to learn, to socialize, to take risks!
Think of what you could've done with your life without school. What you can possibly create. Leverage on the opportunities school system provides, make friends and connections that will be meaningful to your future. Try a startup, think digital and be psychologically prepared to brace up with today's challenges.
Even if you don't wish to go to school, you still need basic formal education to enable you read and write and comprehend basic things. You can learn a whole lot of things on the internet without going to school, there's so much information on the net that one can absorb and with constant practice and repetition, one can become a genius in what he/she is trying to learn. But you basic understanding of how to read first, and you can learn that from school. Whether in a public school or home school, whether formal or informal, you just need to receive that training.
And just as my friend @lordjames will say,
>school is like money, but just as money, before you say money is not everything try and get some.
Likewise a school degree. Just go to school if you can. It is someone who has gone to school that can really tell if school is ultimate or not. However, in my opinion, school is not ultimate but it's basic.
No, I don't believe that school is the ultimate, but I do believe that in some instances, school still has a place in society.
HERE IS WHY
—Virtually anything anyone could want to learn can be found on the internet, and perfected through doing. School on any level spends a lot of time either in the theory of things or in rote repetition or memorization, all the while trying to keep everyone learning the same thing at the same pace.
If you want to learn how to code or do anything connected with technology, more than likely you can find technical information about it on the net, or even take an online course for that specific emphasis, without the need of signing up for or attending in person a class filled with courses you will never use or need, all for the sake of demonstrating discipline.
—In a growing number of industries and subindustries, employers need to rigorously train their employees in proprietary systems and processes, even if the employees went to school in a particular field. That's because studies tend to be either too limited, or too general. Also, many times employers find that new hires pick up faster on what the employer would like them to learn if they're self taught and used to figuring out things on their own, and not locked in on just one or two ways of doing things.
—School is too much about socialization and not enough about education. This applies particularly to the lower levels, but also to the first two to four years of college. After that, things might get serious as students move through masters and doctorate programs.
Unfortunately, too much of the socialization that goes on is negative. Even if it's not out and out fighting, demeaning words, threats or other forms of bullying, there's peer pressure, stereotyping, cliches or classes, and too much of a need to fit in somewhere.
—School costs too much. I'm thinking specifically about college now, but this could apply again to the lower levels. Education costs have gone up increasingly over the years, to the point where it's prohibitive for many would be students to go, even with student aid and especially with loans.
In most cases, school does not guarantee that a student will get a job in their chosen field or career, which means many end up working doing something else, and probably earning below what they should, simply because there aren't enough jobs, too much competition, or the pay isn't commiserate with the college education.
—With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a growing number of jobs will be automated or lost to obsolescence. At least, that's the predictions currently being thrown out. If such is the case, then spending time and effort in school might not be worth it at all. The talk so far about this has been around jobs and current employees, but there will be an impact on the number of students that would have gone to college for those kinds of careers, too.
WHERE SCHOOL STILL HAS A PLACE
There is a great need for people in vocational work or the trades—welders, plumbers, electricians, etc. These type of vocational schools are usually cheaper, offer opportunities like apprenticeships where the learner gets practical experience and pay, where they don't have to put their life entirely on hold before they start making a living and potentially providing for a spouse and family.
If school was still geared towards getting people into a job or career quickly, straight out of high school or after two years of technical training, it would improve things dramatically and become much more of a necessary component in people's lives.
Unfortunately, none of that is likely to happen, as the current system is loathe and slow to change. But less and less emphasis is currently being placed on education by employers, and that trend will continue to happen as time goes by.