Most of us are born as creatives but we lose our creativity and curiositiy when growing up in schools. In my opinion, this is paradox. School is always seen as a place of growth, development and a door opener to a successful future — but is that true?
I think that most of the time school limits us more than it enables us. But to start with, let me shortly explain to you my relationship with school and university. I have always been quite an engaged student with good grades. I was probably the first one finishing homeworks and starting to study for exams as I always wanted to pass my exams and classes. Even at university, I was quite engaged and organized. I guess I perfectly fitted into the school system as I needed this kind of organization, deadlines and to- dos. When I knew what to do and when to deliver I had absolutely no problem. And as I thought that being good at school is something great I was sure to be able to be successful in my future career. Until my 20th birthday, I was dreaming about starting a career in a corporate and classically climbing up my way at the career ladder. But about one year ago I came into touch with the startup scene and entrepreneurship — and guess what? My whole perception changed and I realized how lost I am with my school and university- based knowledge.
I soon started working on my own projects and realized that I needed so much more skills than I have been taught. I had huge struggles in decision making as I was used to following plans that were predefined from the educational system. But this was not the only problem. I was also lost when it came to solving problems creatively.
All my struggles lead to understanding one thing — that the educational system rather kills than supports creativity and abilities in regard to problem- solving. Students are put into clusters and were given fixed schedules and tasks with no range of freedom. So we get used to be in our prefixed schemes, not being forced to creatively engage. Solving grammar sheets or mathematical equations has nothing to do with real creativity and problem- solving, equally learning biology or history by heart doesn’t support any entrepreneurial skills!
I absolutely don’t think that everyone has to become an entrepreneur, I guess there are people who can develop themselves much better in other situations but what I for sure support is that everyone should have a certain range of entrepreneurial skills! Those might involve not only creative thinking but also skills like selling, networking, getting on with failure and many more!
If students do not learn how to actively do things, to fail and get up, to try things out before being ready, how shall great things happen?
Students are always expected to deliver perfection — which is defined by the educational system! And this system has not developed since decades — how can it even be possible that we are taught the same things nowadays when there are robots that can do most of human work?
Instead of starting to follow our passion at a young age what students do is taking up jobs and internships that suck just to pimp out their resumes.
Waren Buffet once said: ‘’Taking up jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving up sex for old age’’
To become successful in their passion students first have to understand themselves and become so- called self- experts. Nobody ever helps young people finding their strengths, while in my opinion, this is the most crucial thing in life!
While great things come from doing what seems impossible students are always discouraged and told to be as average as possible. They are compared to the mass — and comparison with the mass always leads to mediocrity, not to great things.
No school or university teaches us to surround ourselves with the right people, to manage our time, to build and reflect on our goals. While being frustrated about the current educational systsem I have hope for everything in life. But as I want to change this planet for the better by myself I created something that is exactly tackling the struggles of the educational system. Together with my two colleagues I created the My Future Academy, an online learning platform which enables young people to live up to their full potential.
We believe that there are young people out there and we help them make the most of their lives by providing workshops and online microlearning videos. I have a huge vision of supporting thousands of young people through our platform — What about you? What is your opinion about the current education that we have access to?