The Future of Education is Self-Education
We were all told that the best way to get ahead in America is to get a degree.
That was a lie. Getting a degree isn’t enough for the new, global economy.
A major reason for this is that the bureaucracies (government and corporate) that valued credentials are shrinking (in every developed country) and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. They are hiring fewer people and paying them less with each passing year.
In contrast, the dynamic and unstructured new economy is growing rapidly, and generously rewarding the people that understand what it takes to succeed in it.
This new economy cares more about:
- what you know,
- what you’ve done, and
- what your reputation is (“should I trust you?”)
Unfortunately, this isn’t something the US educational system will help you with.
It’s a bureaucratic assembly line that was built to award credentials that are valued by bureaucracies. The same bureaucracies that are in hiring fewer people every year now (government) or sectors in crisis that are surviving on a debt bubble that will soon burst (education and health care).
Fortunately, there’s one skill that you can use to prepare yourself for the new economy. Self-education.
It’s the ability to educate yourself using the Internet.
In fact, the ability to learn anything on your own is so important, I believe it is the single most important determinant of future success.
- you will have the knowledge and skills that people will pay for,
- your knowledge and skills will always be up to date (in some technical areas, those skills are evolving in real-time), and
- you will be able to rapidly shift from job/focus that becomes obsolete (in other words, you will never be obsolete).
The problem is that the current system won’t teach you to do that.
In fact, the people running it will tell you just the opposite.
So, IF you are going to learn how to learn, you are going to need to learn how to do it on your own.