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Paul McCarthy

Director - UCLA Martial Arts Program, Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association

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Talent pool being robbed in schools

Food for thought, do you think that Beardyman learned to do all that in school...which standardized test gave him the ability to make whatever sound he likes from his voice!? His school education probably had nothing to do with it, following his passion for life probably had everything to do with it. Imagine how many other talented people there are out there being stifled by a shockingly closed minded education system that cuts music, sport and arts programs faster than we cut down the rainforest!

http://www.ted.com/talks/beardyman_the_polyphonic_me.html

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    Aug 22 2013: " A child is not a vase to be filled but a fire to be ignited"
    I am from India and am in my 12th grade. I just wanna share my suffering.
    In India we have great institutions called IIT. Whose entrance exams probably are one of the world's toughest. And taking that as a great advantage, people here run IIT prep colleges and bask in 100 of millions USD easily and unfortunately i attend one of those.
    So my day starts in college at 7:30 and lasts till 6 in the evening. Where we have 4 hours of maths class, 2 1/2 hours of physics and chemistry daily from Monday to Saturday. And on Sundays we have a 6 hours exams.
    And me being highly liberal and a protestant to this always end up being disliked by the teachers and authority.
    meanwhile using this as a opportunity i imagine and scribble down my ideas, which i feel are path breaking ( some what like elon musk's thinking). So i simply wanna stop out of this education system... To do as so i am applying for thiel fellowship this year with a hope that i can concentrate more on my ideas and make 'em a reality... Wish me best of luck ... Thanx :D
    • Aug 22 2013: Good luck Siddharth and Thank you for your story! I agree with your premise, the cost of education in the US is extortionate and my feelings are like yours in that the cost of it is not in any way close to the benefits. Here one can spend over $200,000 on a big name school, or spend a fraction at a less well known school and get a similar education. What many students do is attend a community college and transfer credits over in the last year to get the big name diploma...Unfortunately education is a business in American as opposed to an investment in its population like many other countries. Never let your ideas disappear work on them and invest in them and if you get an opportunity to expand them take it.....Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never finished college....imagine if they had not followed their dreams and ignored their opportunities just to finish something that society deems the best way forward!

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