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Ari Koinuma

This is a bit of radical view, but I am of opinion that the entire school system as we know it is a factory of unhappy people. Its critical sins are:

1)make you get used to living a life structured for somebody else's convenience
2)make you compete for arbitrary standards
3)force students to learn what they do not wish to learn

I've been meaning to write this in a post, but now you've given me the kick I needed -- I'm off to go work on it.

Thanks!

ari

The Financial Philosopher

Ari:

I am happy to have provoked some thought.

Having a seven-year old and a three-year old child makes education a constant discussion topic in my home.

Schools "teach" social conventions and are not capable of adjusting to various learning styles.

This is why it is up to parents and to the students to question their lessons and seek their own path...

For your post, I also suggest reading another post I wrote called, "Who Am I? Part II: Learn How You Learn"

http://financialphilosopher.typepad.com/thefinancialphilosopher/2008/02/who-am-i-part-t.html

Here's a quote from the post:

"Schools everywhere are organized on the assumption that there is only one right way to learn and that it is the same way for everybody. But to be forced to learn the way a school teaches is sheer hell for students who learn differently." ~ Peter Drucker

Next Gen Politics

Great article once again, and in my case, very timely. I'm currently looking at schools for my MBA studies. I have to take the GMAT soon, and hope to get into a good school.
Your article highlights a lot of my fears. I want to get an MBA so that I can enter the business world and be at the top of my game, but if everyone around me is just talking and not doing, I worry that I may be ultimately dissatisfied and waste $50,000 or more on the piece of paper.
Your site is always making me think about what I think I have already decided and what I think I already know. Thanks again Kent. Keep up the good work.
Jerame Clough
-Next Gen Politics

The Financial Philosopher

Jerame:

I must say that my MBA studies, especially my Entrepreneurship class, gave me the confidence and skills necessary to start my own business.

I highly recommend continuing education. In fact, when I am finished with the MBA program, I will likely take a short break and begin a PhD program.

I have no idea if a PhD will "help" with my business career and I am not seeking "career advancement."

I simply enjoy learning and believe that it is good for my mind and brain. If opportunities arise as a result of the PhD, then so be it. If not, then I have still gained much knowledge and experience...

If you look at the MBA program as something that will "enable opportunities" rather than something that will just bring you "more money," then I believe you will succeed...

Send me an email if you want to exchange thoughts in more detail...

Thanks for the comment...

Kent

Peter

great article about a topic that is too often ignored by my generation in their continual search for more money and power....I believe that an MBA is oftentimes overrated and that self-eduacation (see http://personalmba.com/) can be just as productive and worthwhile, without the huge $$ spent. All of this depends, of course, on one's actual goals and objectives.

The Financial Philosopher

Great points Peter...

Any pursuit can be misleading if the objective is money and power.

My objective with any further education I may pursue is simply for the intrinsic value of learning and growing as an individual.

If money follows, then that result would be acceptable but unintentional.

Thanks for the comment...

Kent

Aman

Another good post.

Behavior and action is a separate matter from thought. If we depend on thought for our happiness we're setting ourselves up for a continuous flow of disillusionment.

"Thought is the organizing factor in man: intersected between the 'causal' primary instincts and the resulting actions." -Albert Einstein

The Financial Philosopher

Aman:

Thanks for adding your thoughts and the great quote from Einstein! I've not seen that one before...

Cheers...

Kent

donna

Funny, my MBA talked me out of starting my own business. ;^)

It's not the degree, it's how you apply it. Degrees and money don't bring happiness -- but they aren't what makes one unhappy, either.

BTW, since I got my MBA at a Catholic university, there was plenty of emphasis on ethics. ;^) And no, I'm not Catholic, it was just the best program around.

The Financial Philosopher

Donna:

I agree with your point that "Degrees and money don't bring happiness -- but they aren't what makes one unhappy, either."

As I stated in this post, I am one course away from an MBA degree myself. I apply the knowledge learned to my own ethical perspective, as you also imply in your comment.

I believe where Harvard Business School differs from our respective experience is that the school likely attracts the kind of people who do believe that degrees and money bring happiness (via career, power, social status).

HBS does not necessarily "make" the students unhappy or unethical. The students probably come to the school with low ethical standards and use the degree as a tool to achieve the capacity to perpetuate these ethical standards and to meet their idea of "happiness."

Thanks for the thoughts. It's good to hear from you...

Kent

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