Boomerang Kids

Yes, that’s really the term for kids that go off to college or the great job – only to return to the safety net of Mom and Dad at some point.  I recently had a May graduate describe this issue: “I live at home with my parents which isn’t exactly conducive to building a social life. The rent’s hard to beat, the food is great and we even have this great laundry service where you put your clothes on the floor and this magical fairy washes and presses them, but I’m a little restless and frustrated, especially since I haven’t found … Read More

Good for nothing education?

In this week’s 48 Days Podcast, Joanne and I reviewed the many contributions listeners sent in regarding raising creative and entrepreneurial children.  Many of the submissions expressed dismay with our current models of “education” and how the important skills seemed to be learned outside of a classroom. In my continued research into how education is changing, it became clear this is not exactly a new idea. In 1744, when George Washington was just a twelve-year-old boy, the Collected Chiefs of the Indian Nations met to discuss a letter from the College of William & Mary suggesting that they “send twelve of their young … Read More

Teacher was late 111 times but defends his good math teaching

Over the weekend I read several interesting pieces related to the issues we see at 48 Days.  I’m including a few here with questions for you to respond to: A new study from Pew Research Center found that 61% of 19-34 yr olds get their political news from Facebook, whereas only 19% look to local or national TV as their source. We no longer trust the “news” as being unbiased so we might as well get our updates from people who already align with our views.  Is news from our peers rather than from “professionals” a good thing or a … Read More

Does “education” expand or limit your options?

Of course we assume that any degree expands our possibilities.  Someone with an M.D. behind their name certainly has far more options than someone without a graduate degree or even a B.A.  A person with any college degree has more opportunity than a person who has never invested the time, energy and money to get that valuable piece of paper.  Or do they? Some of the most difficult clients I encounter have multiple advanced degrees.  But what happens in times of change is that they see their options as very limited.  The dentist sees his only option as continuing the … Read More

10 Steps to an “education,” jobs and wealth

Do you need a college degree to get ahead today?  That’s one of the hottest topics out there and a continuing question I am being asked.  ( I’m including a new chapter in the revision of 48 Days to the Work You Love titled Yes, I Have an “Education.”) I love the process of learning and have pursued that in multiple ways.  Yes, I did go to college and have both abachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.  I completed my doctoral studies but never turned in a dissertation. Instead of creating a document for four old guys to read I … Read More

Will your fancy degrees help you solve this?

Roland S. Barth, lecturer of education at the Harvard College School of Education, noted recently, “It’s been estimated that fifty years ago high school students graduated knowing perhaps 75 percent of what they needed to know in the workplace.  Today, the estimate is that graduates of our schools leave knowing perhaps 2 percent of what they will need to know.  Ninety-eight percent is yet to come.” Our educational system is failing our children and many of us as adults.  What we need is a system that rewards thinking, not memorization.  Plato encouraged long ago:  “Do not then train youths to … Read More

Are you ready?

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers. -Walter P. Chrysler

Get a life Larry Crowne

Last night Joanne and I went to see the Tom Hanks movie Larry Crowne.  I never have high expectations when I go to movies, seeing them as simply a diversion and time alone with Joanne.  In the movie Larry Crowne is a 20-yr Navy veteran who is working at a big discount store.  Then despite his great performance and seniority, the company has decided that his lack of a college education is reason for no further advancement – and they fire him. And here’s where the story takes a very predictable and disillusioning path.  A neighbor also tells Larry he … Read More

Does “Education” expand or limit your options?

Of course we assume that any degree expands our possibilities.  Someone with an M.D. behind their name certainly has far more options than someone without a graduate degree or even a B.A.  A person with any college degree has more opportunity than a person who has never invested the time, energy and money to get that valuable piece of paper.  Or do they? Some of the most difficult clients I encounter have multiple advanced degrees.  But what happens in times of change is that they see their options as very limited.  The dentist sees his only option as continuing the … Read More

Education – Knowledge or Degrees?

Which is more important – the degree you get from a university or the learning itself?  If you just want the piece of paper you have to pay dearly.  If you agree that the education is more important, then congratulations.  You can get that with no cost at all.  How could you change your opportunities and your lot in life if you got the same knowledge that a UC Berkeley graduate paid $120,000 for?  If there were no cost and you could go as quickly as you liked, would you take advantage of the training – or will you look … Read More