Attitudes and Education
A discussion about how our attitudes are inculcated into us from the time we were born by our parents. The influence of schools, colleges and employment.
Time for a Change
Another Letter from my Daughter in Japan. The last prior to her becoming an author on Wizzley and then leaving for her tour of South Africa.
I spend a lot of time thinking about my daughter's future. She has the whole world ahead of her and the possibilities are endless.
The whole point at the moment is to stop putting limits on ourselves and our children.
What do I mean by limits? Well, let's look at the school system. We expect our kids to go to school 5 days a week for 12 years. Sure they have vacation time to be kids. Or do they. So many summer classes and cramming for exams and holiday homework that even their vacations involve school.
We, as parents, feel guilty for taking our kids out of school to go on vacation. Tell me, wouldn't a week or two in France be a great education. Instead schools insist kids can't miss school or they will fall behind. Behind what? They don't specify this.
Instead kids sit bored in a classroom listening to somebody who used to dream of shaping kids lives but now is just happy if she can get through the day teaching French.
Huh? What are we grooming them for.
Well when they leave school they have to go to college. Without a college degree they will be flipping burgers for the rest of their lives. That is what we tell them. That is what we believe.
Is it true? No way. What about Richard Branson and Steve Jobs. Neither of them have college degrees and yet they are definitely not flipping burgers. So our kids go to college and cram and manage to get a degree.
Then what is next? Aha, time to get a job. Time to get a "real" job. No, being in a band is not a real job, trying to get into the movies is not a real job. What is a "real” job. Well that would be sitting in a bank, day after day, dealing with a boss you hate and customers who are never happy no matter how hard you work for them. After a while you stop working hard for them and couldn't give a damn. You live for the weekend when you get drunk and pass out.
Woohoo, is this life? You have a dozen dreams you would love to follow. Man, wouldn't it be cool to have a plane. Can't even afford flying lessons on your salary though. What does JOB stand for? Just Over Broke. Would be awesome to travel the world. Well if I start saving up right now I could have enough money for a trip next year as long as the car doesn't break down or the kids need braces.
So you have saved up for a year and can now go on the trip of a lifetime. So you choose the best time of year to travel to your destination and submit a leave form. Hmmm, your boss calls you in, and oops, no go. That time is very busy for the company and of course you are a loyal employee, aren't you.
I mean you don't want the company to think you aren't loyal in these trying times. Wow these "trying times" sure are great for controlling your workforce aren't they.
The company owners must be laughing all the way to the bank when they watch the news. Ooh, house foreclosures, job losses; a perfect excuse to cut everybody’s bonuses. Hey, maybe we can even get away with making people work overtime for free. I wonder if we can cut people's salary? After all they will still have a job so can count themselves lucky. After they cut everybody’s salary they take their private jet out for a spin. After all they are going to have a little extra cash available shortly.