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The Second Biggest Impediment to Your Health, Wealth, and Wisdom.

It’s Education Reform Month — Your #1 Newsletter for Accelerated Learning

“The biggest, most enduring lesson of school is that learning is work, to be avoided when possible.”
―Peter Gray
Remember Recess?

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

There’s a reason kids are more anxious and depressed than ever.

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago. This increased psychopathology is not the result of changed diagnostic criteria; it holds even when the measures and criteria are constant.

The most recent evidence for the sharp generational rise in young people’s depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders comes from a just-released study headed by Jean Twenge at San Diego State University.[1] Twenge and her colleagues took advantage of the fact that the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), a questionnaire used to assess a variety of mental disorders, has been given to large samples of college students throughout the United States going as far back as 1938, and the MMPI-A (the version used with younger adolescents) has been given to samples of high school students going as far back as 1951. The results are consistent with other studies, using a variety of indices, which also point to dramatic increases in anxiety and depression — in children as well as adolescents and young adults — over the last five or more decades.

We would like to think of history as progress, but if progress is measured in the mental health and happiness of young people, then we have been going backward at least since the early 1950s.

The question I want to address here is why.

-Peter Gray

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This Month’s Theme…

It’s October, and at The Mission, we’re excited to announce our first “themed” month! This month’s theme? Education reform. Why? Because the biggest obstacle to accelerated, self directed learning is what we call, “Education”.

Education, or Corporate and Government created and run K-12 and College, is the second biggest impediment to your health, wealth, and wisdom. At The Mission, we’re believers that the first biggest obstacle to success is always ourselves. After ourselves, the second biggest challenge we face is Education, and all the bad habits and mind viruses it spreads.

This month at The Mission, we’ll be exposing Education’s sins, how to get clean from it’s mind viruses, and how you can chart a course towards self directed, accelerated learning. If you’re looking to supercharge your own learning, and become healthier, wealthier, and wiser, you’ll want to stay tuned this month.

If there are any education reform topics or questions you want answered or covered this month, simply reply to this message, tag us on social media, or leave a comment.

Tuesday’s Top Stories…

Amy Morin — Top 10 Lessons From Amy Morin — “None of her ’13 Things’ can be taught in school. School teaches facts. And it teaches you to memorize facts. And it punishes you if you forget the facts. But facts won’t help you survive the tragedies of life.”

How to Use Your Environment to Work Effortlessly Towards Your Goals — In a store, where should you put a guide book for Rubix Cubes? In the book section or games section? Much like how the ‘home’ of a product highly influences it’s sales, your environment plays a key role in your ability to perform. Here’s how you can transform you by transforming what’s around you.

8 Reasons the 8 Hour Workday Doesn’t Make Sense — “The 8-hour work day was a byproduct of the industrial revolution. Making widgets in a factory was not cognitively demanding or deep work. So, an assembly line that maximized production and having somebody work as long as they could without physical harm made sense. To support this, we built an education system in which people were conditioned into an 8-hour day. Since school ended at 3, extracurricular activities were added so people would learn to be in one place from 9am to 5pm. But the industrial revolution ended more than 50 years ago.”

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