Choosing Experience Over Education as a Formula for Success is Not a New Idea


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Now, this job hunting thing. I mentioned this a couple days ago and just haven’t gotten to it. It’s a website I never heard of called Penelope Trunk blog, and I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if Penelope Trunk is the name. I don’t know if Penelope has a trunk and that’s what the blog is, no idea. I just know that I ran across this.

“New Paths To Get A Great Job,” and I read it, and I’m fascinated. She’s obviously a young person. It’s an advice piece. And I’m reading it, and I’m saying, “It’s exactly what I did 40 years ago.” But yet to her it’s brand-new. And she starts — I think it’s a she because of Penelope. I don’t even know if I’m right about that. But this thing starts this way.

“Of course I have to open this post with something about how stupid college is.” Now, that grabbed me right at the get-go. “Colleges are finally responding to the problem they charge tons of money and then graduates are unemployable and in debt. Colleges are responding by becoming job preparation centers. And Frank Bruni, opinion editor for the New York Times, says this is a waste of time and resources. Here’s what’s better:

“1. Skipping college.
The real issue we have with admitting that college is not a path to the work world is then we have to ask ourselves why we send our kids to high school. There is plenty of data to show that teens are able to manage their lives without the constraints of school. The book Escaping the Endless Adolescence is chock full of data, and a recent article by my favorite journalist, Jennifer Senior, shows that high school is not just unnecessary, but actually damaging to teens who need much more freedom to grow than high school affords.”



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