There is a movement afoot. A revolution to drop out of college.
Recently, I read an article about the Thiel Fellowship. In some circles, this fellowship is referred to as the un-scholorship as it offers $100,000 to kids to drop out of college. Apparently, the premise is that college is a waste of time that teaches conformity, rather than how to find success in life.
So, for a lucky 20 college students you will get a grant of $100,000 from the Thiell Fellowship if you drop out for a two year tenure. That’s right! You will get a whopping 50k a year for two years by skipping out on college!
According to this article, in January 2010, the average american household earns $46,326 a year.
So, my college educated mind is thinking that 50k a year for two years is only slightly more than average, and then you’re getting nothing after that two year period is up. Hmmm, these numbers don’t seem to add up… But that’s probably why we shouldn’t pay so much attention to that ‘rithmatic mumbo jumbo…
I’m told that my college educated skepticism is just unimaginative and inside the box thinking by this article on CNN written by one of the winners of the fellowship, Dale Stephens, titled college is a waste of time.
In that article, Dale Stephens highlights how he left college because he felt that it only rewards conformity rather than independence. That it emphasizes competition over collaboration and regurgitation over learning and theory over application. He believes college schools the creativity and innovation out of an individual.
As I understand the proponents of dropping out of college, the only benefit to getting a higher education is to learn conformity. Although I wonder if one has enough independent spirit to drop out of college, why they are unable to maintain that independence and creativity while getting an education. But the message is clear, they don’t go for all that book learnin’ and stuff.
After reading these articles, I’ve concluded that all these people are clearly underachieving.
Seriously, they waited until they got to college to figure out that school is structured! This was something I figured out in elementary school. Now, I took another path. I wasn’t the greatest student because I also didn’t conform and I tried to think outside the box. But I believe in learning and getting a higher education, so I never dropped out.
Here’s how Dale Stephens describes the college system
Failure is punished instead of seen as a learning opportunity. We think of college as a stepping-stone to success rather than a means to gain knowledge. College fails to empower us with the skills necessary to become productive members of today’s global entrepreneurial economy.
Now I think back and I figure that pretty much describes school all the way from college down to elementary school. Think on this conclusion that Dale Stephens makes:
The success of people who never completed or attended college makes us question whether what we need to learn is taught in school. Learning by doing– in life, not in classrooms– is the best way to turn constant iteration into true innovation. We can be productive members of society without submitting to academic or corporate institutions.
You see what he is saying? We don’t need to learn what is taught in school.
Aha! Mr. Stephens is an underachiever! He started late in life because he waited until he was in college to drop out!
Based on his logic he should have dropped out right from elementary school.
Now I’m starting to understand the philosophy.
You see, what he is saying is that success in life is measured in dollars and cents. School doesn’t teach you how to make money. They only teach you “stuff” like reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. None of which is necessary to success in life.
There’s a secret that I’ve deciphered from reading different articles from all around about why one should drop out of college. The only thing that one needs to learn to success in life is the WTF factor.
Who needs School? You Just Need the WTF Factor!
Yes, that’s it! Learn how to tap into the WTF factor and you don’t need all that other book learning.
Let me give you some real life examples:
Getting a Job. Use the WTF! Factor in the Interview
When you are interviewing for a job. Who cares if your competition has a Harvard degree. They are simply robots who know nothing else but to conform. Your resume doesn’t need all that school bs. Harvard this, Stanford that…blah blah blah. So your GPA is 4 point blah blah blah.
What did they do in life? You’ve got life experience, man! Talk fast. You need to just talk about exciting and imaginative things. If you get your interviewers to think WTF!, you’ve caught their attention!
Your goal is to talk about your life experience. Think outside the box. Those other guys can’t do that. You are the one who will make your potential employers think WTF!
If you can accomplish that, the WTF! Factor will win out every time.
Getting Your Finances Straight? Just Make Them Think WTF!
Now the unimaginative person might say,”how will you keep your finances straight if you can’t do math?” Again, this is a sign of unimaginative thinking!
Had they dropped out of school, they would know that the WTF Factor will take care of this as well.
When the tax man comes around, you just make sure he walks away from your books confused and befuddled. See, if after looking at all your books, he walks away thinking WTF! he ain’t going to be able to tax you, right?
People who worry about all that addition and stuff and making sure everything adds up are just stuck inside that box. The only thing you need to worry about is that you have money to spend. As long as you are on the plus side, then who needs to worry about all the math. You just have to have so much money that you don’t have to worry about going into the red. See my point. WTF!
What about Reading and Writing? Use abbreviations like this: WTF!
Again, the reliance on reading and writing just shows behind the times thinking. I mean, the new norm is to be able to say everything in 140 characters or less. Haven’t you heard? Twitter is the way to communicate now. If you can communicate on Twitter, you will succeed.
Even beyond Twitter, just about anything can be said with a few letters. Initials and abbreviations r the way to go! WTF! See what I mean?
Who needs all that reading and writing crap!
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerburg Made it. So WTF do I Need College?
Well, there you go. If all else fails, you lump yourself in with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerburg and you’ve got the golden get out of college free card.
The way I see it, the only failure on all those guys who dropped out of college is that they waited too long. Just think how much more they would have succeeded if they just started learning their life lessons right from elementary school.
You see what I mean?
I figured it out. I’ve been going about my life and teaching my child the wrong philosophy.
Parents, clearly we are irresponsible if we allow our children to be socialized by the unimaginative structure of the school system. We are holding them back from success in life.
Our kids could grow up to be even more successful than Gates, Jobs or Zuckerburg if only we got them started with their real education earlier in life.
Don’t let them get socialized by the school system. Take them out and start teaching them the WTF Factor and they will have all the tools necessary to succeed.