INSIGHTS & CHILL | The education system is flawed!

The education system is flawed… Yes, I said it.

Where has the creativity gone? Did it even exist? Why do we not teach our young people to free think? Why isn’t this even a subject?

We live in a world of systematic judging. Judging that exposes the deep vulnerabilities of children. We have a high rate of depression and anxiety amongst young people in the western world and it’s not helped by the fact that our schools exploit the ‘less abled.’

When I was a child, I publicly got put into the lowest maths set in my year. I was devastated. Not only the fact that I felt like I was stupid and unable to learn but also because my teacher stood up in the front of the class to a bunch of 11 and 12-year-olds and read out my grade and the proceeded to say “Set C.”

I felt humiliated and I wanted to cry.

But who says just because you can memorise what a teacher has told you previously or what study books have told you that this means that you’re not clever enough? Even if this wasn’t explicitly said, this is how many young people are made out to feel… As if they’re not clever enough or good enough.

However, in the real world, it’s not like this. Yes, I wasn’t the best or most clever student but I have become fairly successful in life. Even though I wasn’t given the early tools to succeed.

We have always been told by our teachers and parents that “you need the best grades to go to a good school, then you need the best grades to go to a good college, then you need the best grades to go to a good university and then finally you need the best grades to get a good job.” You don’t! You just need to apply yourself creatively and freely. Of course, education is important, but showing people your worth is just as important. Create something that’s yours. Volunteer. Be active. Start a movement. These are the best ways to succeed.

In this session of Insights & Chill, I speak with people who say education is a systematic way of categorising to find the cream of the crop. But it shouldn’t be that way.

Love on social media

In this new age of social media, can relationships be what they used to be? Can you love someone unconditionally without showing the world how much you love someone? Of course you can but there are people who choose to document their relationship online for the whole world to see?

Getting more “likes” or more “views” or simply just more engagement has become far more important to people than many other meaningful things that we could label as meaningful only a few years ago. We are now seeing people share the most intimate part of their lives as a show to gain an audience and a following to ultimately gain a more monetary status. This is more than a reality TV show, this is reacting to people, demanding to see the ins and outs of the life you live.

But is this really a meaningful relationship? Is sharing every facet of your life keeping your relationship together? If it is… Is that true love?

Trends and social stigmas

We’re living in a life full of trends and what I like to call “the new age of peer pressure.” We’re now more so than ever trying to fit in with our social crowd and doing things that we would have never thought about doing five, ten or even fifteen years ago.

Let’s look at tattoos, gluten free or even veganism and try and understand how and why these have become social trends. Yes, people are educating themselves and become more “open” about such things but people are also seeking a way to become a part of a social setting that where they can “fit in.” With the rise of social and digital media, information is much easier to grasp that in the 90s and we’re being taught or some may say “brainwashed” into following trends unconsciously.

But maybe there’s a point to that…

Is University really worth it?

What’s the point of going to University?

I’ve had this conversation with a lot of people over the years and it’s always been a topic that brings out the argumentative nature in me.

Not because I am determined to prove my point, but because It’s a subject that I feel extremely passionate about.

For various reasons, I think making the choice to attend university is one of the best choices one person could make in their lives. I also think that making the choice not to go to university is one of the best choices you could make in your life, depending on what you choose to do with your time.

In the UK, employers care about one thing in particular that far outweighs any other qualities that a candidate may have… Work experience!

Ask yourself this question.

There is a job being advertised for Marine Amphibian Conservation Analyst in Plymouth.

Applicant 1 is a first class degree holder in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Kent, specialising in Marine Amphibians.

Applicant 2 spent one year in at Bournemouth University studying Animal Biology. However, he/she dropped out and has since gained two years working for London Zoo’s Marine Conservation Analytical team. For their first year, they volunteered, for their second year they started to get paid.

Who typically gets the job?

I loved my time at University, I was able to connect with people I wouldn’t usually connect with. Learn from industry professionals, meet friends for life and be involved in all kinds of campus activities that helped shape who I am today.

But did any of that help me get a job? Or was it the countless hours of volunteering for work experience that was able to get my media internship? Was it then my experience and knowledge at my internship that helped me get my first job out of uni? Was it the experience from my first job out of uni that helped me get my current job?

I believe it was.

I love and will always love my university and the people I met, it was them that put me on a platform that made me realise what had to be done to succeed. But do you really need a first class degree or even a 2:1 to be who you want to be and do you what you want to do?

No you don’t.

Do you need work experience to be who you want to be and do you what you want to do?

No you don’t.

But taking a diversional route and seeking opportunities outside of the norm, not being afraid to be different and challenging the world will allow you to be who you want to be and do you what you want to do.