Seth Godin’s lesson about Stop Stealing Dreams applies to everyone, not just Youths

Seth Godin asks the question: What is school for?

I’m a lifetime learner. Every job I went into I learnt something new, I’ve done courses to get qualifications and I teach myself so much on the internet by searching for articles and videos to show me how.

Watching Seth talk about what schools were set up to do which was to process students to learn to behave, fit in and comply to work in factories.

He talks about why it was set up this way to create workers who were interchangeable and able to fit in.

Schools are becoming irrelevant for our children and the whole concept of needing to go to a school to learn, is no longer relevant for ourselves.

Who hasn’t heard someone say “I must take a course to learn about….” and know they will never do it, because it’s time or money or it’s going to run when their favorite show is on.

Watching Seth, I realised there is no need to wait to learn. Get up, go out and start learning now. Use the internet to learn, Google it and find out what you want to know now.

Seth goes through 8 things that will answer his question. If you want to skip and get to them, go to 10:55 to listen.

Original Source: The official TEDxYouth YouTube Channel presented by Seth Godin

6 thoughts on “Seth Godin’s lesson about Stop Stealing Dreams applies to everyone, not just Youths”

  1. I spoke with my son in Toronto about this video last night, he is a computer genius & geek 🙂 He agrees somewhat with Godin, but feels that some children/adults need the structure of at least a mentor to respect and to learn how to aspire. He sites his own experience in school – if it weren’t for an excellent physics teacher that inspired him he would not have finished high school, let alone graduate studies. He doubts he would have found a mentor/or inspiration on his own. Equally we both know kids today who rather than being ‘home schooled’ are self taught – wonderfully bright inquisitive children following their passions – so we agree since we haven’t experienced that kind of learning Seth Godin may just be right 🙂

  2. Wow, I love Seth Godin, too many takeaways to cover here. But loved the Raspberry pie & Ardwino electronic devices and the two myths. Myth one: Great performance in school leads to happiness and success. Myth two: Great parents have kids who produce great performance in schools.

  3. I agree Tania. As with most everything else, it is not always necessary to wait to learn. Just get up and do it. Seth makes some good points in this one.

    1. Mike, I know as a kid I was frustrated about wanting to learn ‘something’. Nowadays I can learn it. As Seth said, why not find the one person to record and teach the best lesson, then spend the day doing the homework. That concept was amazing to me.

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