How to become successful — or not: Read ONLY if you weren't that good in math

VERY interesting article in the New York Times recently, that’s causing quite a reaction – on both sides, actually:

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I’d love to get your take on this, and then have some open discussion on my blog about it.

Me personally, I agree with the article wholeheartedly.

Although I was good in Algebra, there were loads of subjects I slogged through, questioning on a daily basis… “WHY oh WHY on earth was I forced to take this class?”

Things like Shakespeare, Ancient Chinese History, and the Fall Of The Roman Empire.

Meanwhile, with no background in business at home, I fell light years behind in this area — the ONE thing I could have benefited tremendously from!

Had it not been for my own self-study, I never would have made anything of myself.  And even this transformation didn’t happen till my late 30’s.

Why are we still teaching things and forcing things down young people’s throats, that have absolutely NO relevance to the modern world?

If someone HATES science, will teaching them chemistry change their mind about it?  Will knowing why molecules become radioactive, make them want to become Spiderman?

Is nostalgia the driving force here?

If so, let’s explain things like how to use a typewriter, a VHS player, and a  rexograph machine.  And while we’re at it, we can learn how those old telephone operator switch boards worked.

I’m sure there’s a ton of sentiment out there for those days.

Seriously — what’s the point of force-feeding archaic and completely non-relevant information to young people?

Do you think ANY of the people who struggle through algebra and thankful pass the class with a “D,” actually use that skill in ANY capacity?

No, they don’t.


Because it’s not organic to who they are, any more than Mike Tyson might have become a high school biology teacher, instead of a great athlete, had we forced him to sit through advanced placement bio.

Anyway, here’s the article, and once you finish it, let me know your thoughts on my blog post below:


Post your comments below, and I’ll get back with you before the end of the day.

Great food for thought!

Now go sell something, Craig Garber

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