Conventional school system lags behind the advancing industry, shifting norms and its services are too costly for the average household.
In US alone, the total student loan burden has reached $1.2 trillion and rising, covering 40 million Americans.
What made this whole thing a scam is that it would take some good long years working under meager wages to be able to pay the principal loaned amount and its corresponding compounded interest.
While this may make good business sense to the banks, certainly that’s not the case for the student-victim.
These facts frustrated one MIT student to dropout from college in order to co establish an anti-college school system where tuition fees are deducted only from your salary once you got the employment.
What’s more laudable is the fact that you’ll get to preserve your creativity and humanity intact all throughout the program. That is priceless, of course.
Why This MIT Dropout Started an Anti-College
Disenchanted with the out-of-date curriculum of traditional college, Jeremy Rossmann dropped out of MIT. Within a few years, he and co-founder Ashu Desai, started The Make School, a college replacement program for founders and developers.
“Our core philosophy is if you teach the same thing two years in a row, it’s got to be wrong because computer science as a field and software engineering as a discipline is moving so fast,” said Rossmann.
Instead of tests, there’s project-based work. Instead of tuition upfront, there’s a debt-free model charged to students only once they find employment after graduation. The Make School also claims to bring its students better access to top tech company functions, networking, and guidance as they shape their career.
Classes focus on developing desirable qualities and capabilities as expressed by current hiring managers in Silicon Valley. Beyond programming classes, subjects also include nutrition, health, writing, and exercise – tools to succeed in a professional life.
“And then some more general life skills, communication, empathy, understanding the history of tech and then a big segment on ethics. So Uber, what do we think? Airbnb, where do we stand? Is it okay to start a company in that way? Is it beneficial for society? Are the laws out of date? How does this all work behind the scenes?” Rossmann continued.
Of course, this is just a template for other fields of endeavors to be improved upon. The key thing here really is to reexamine all our methods and prevailing norms and try to see if they can still be improved.
In most cases, every method can still be improved. Only those high and mighty corporate interest groups think otherwise., i.e. those same mindsets which consider chemotherapy as the only treatment for cancer.
As far as the individual is concerned, one must have at least a specialized skill capitalizing on what one is already good at and truly enjoys doing it. This will make that individual to be more sought after as the services market prefer an expert to serve them.