Does our education system cripple a potential entrepreneur before she has a chance to find her legs?
Is it possible, as early as Grade 3 or 4, she is knocked off her feet without ever being given the opportunity to crawl, walk, or let alone, run?
Some will argue the factory-model of education was never designed to foster original thinking and creativity, essential ingredients for any entrepreneur. Born of a need to train workers to fill safe, secure wage-earning jobs, North American school systems taught us how to memorize as opposed to think, while herding us through a maze of grades, tests and exams. As a result, many have stocked up on diplomas and degrees that are becoming increasingly irrelevant in a 21st century Digital Economy that increasingly calls for superior communication and problem-solving skills.
Cameron Herold, the former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK has seen this movie play out many times over the last several years. The Vancouver-based entrepreneur pulls no punches in this interview with respect to the irrelevance of education.
"I heard a great story recently, I love telling it, of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson, she was 6 and she was at the back, drawing, and the teacher said this little girl hardly paid attention, and in this drawing lesson she did. The teacher was fascinated and she went over to her and she said, "What are you drawing?" and the girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God." And the teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like." And the girl said, "They will in a minute"
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