Brave-Up on the OLC: 9 Life Lessons You Will Never Learn In School

Brave-Up on the OLC: 9 Life Lessons You Will Never Learn In School

By: jhyeh
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Jason's opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of SFU, SFU Work Integrated Learning, or Our Learning Community.

There has been much debate regarding our education system failing to prepare individuals for the 'real world.' The simplefixed school system lacks avenues to help students develop skills and provide the critical knowledge and advice on what they will encounter after their degree. The education system lacks teachings of practical knowledge and understanding of the real working world and resume-boosting, professional skills. The real work environment consists of pressure, expectations and experiences that many students are completely unfamiliar with. How do students cope and prepare themselves for the real working world then?

Here are 9 life lessons you will never learn in school from Charles J. Sykes, an education reformer and author of well-known books, including Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, But Can't Read, Write, or Add and his most recent work 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn In School:

  1. "Life is not fair - get used to it!"
  2. "The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world expects you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself."
  3. "If you think your teacher is tough - wait till you get a boss."
  4. "Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity."
  5. "If you mess up, it is not your parent's fault, so don't whine about your mistakes and learn from them."
  6. "Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life."
  7. “Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time."
  8. "Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."
  9. "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll be working for one."

Having said that, there has been great improvements within the current education system in encouraging students to engage in experiential learning, such as participating in paid work semesters like Co-operative Education Program and extracurricular activities, including volunteering or joining students clubs, to gain and apply practical and career-related skills and knowledge. This is a positive trend that, as a student, I wish to continue to see more at universities and colleges across Canada. 

Jason is a Criminology major who is hooked onto policing as a career. But that isn't all, he is also hooked on helping others become the best and strongest versions of themselves. Through his blog, Brave-Up, he looks to educate, motivate, inspire and raise questions about counter-productive social norms within our society. "Man up" is now an archaic term - because Brave-Up is NOW. You can find Jason on Twitter at @BraveUp_jy.

Posted on November 30, 2012