Find your path

College freshmen are people running around with their umbilical cords in their hands looking for some place to plug in.    unknown

This can be true of college freshmen but also a lot of young people. There are also those who don’t know what they want to be when they grown up and are at least 30.

ApprenticeWe have developed a society that thinks everyone should go to college. We have also equated intelligence with college. So untrue. What a mistake. There are many people who are so much better working with their hands. We have devalued physical work to the point where no one aspires to it. There is also the thinking that no decent living can be made that way. So untrue. We have friends who are plumbers and electricians who started out as apprentices and now own their own business and make a very lucrative living.

There was a book a while back that talked about two different types of people: farmers and hunter/gatherers. Farmers are content to work in areas where patience and consistency are needed. Hunter/gatherers are more physical. Initially they were required to keep multiples things in their minds at once in order to survive. Active people fit into this. We have created schools that force everyone into the farmer pattern. This may be why so many people have trouble in school.

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Somehow we need to go back to the medieval method of apprentices who study to be skilled workmen and are appreciated.

4 thoughts on “Find your path

  1. I really love this! I am definitely a “farmer,” but I see so many people close to me who almost certainly fit into the “hunter” type… people who are absolutely brilliant, but struggled in school and/or when it comes to finding their place in the world. We certainly need to create a world that embrace and fosters the growth of both types of people.

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  2. I can remember in grade school history, reading about apprentices in the Middle Ages and thinking, “What a great idea! They should do that now. ”
    I remember later subbing for the high school English teachers, and seeing kids who could barely read. One day they needed a sub for the shop teacher, so I donned my overalls (eye roll) and went to the shop. I was amazed at the beautiful furniture being made by the kids who were struggling in English.
    Years later when I taught at a charter school, I learned at a workshop what I had been suspecting – that every child is smart, just in different ways.

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