Why Formal Education Should Take A Lesson In Jeet Kune Do.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

Adapt or die. Not in the literal sense – or perhaps in the literal sense – formalized education has become a stale, standardization of skills; effectively diminishing one’s own ability to grow creatively.

The body, like the mind, is an engine unique unto each individual. So then, should that mean that using preset solutions for solving problems be the only correct way of doing things?

If your kick is faster, more powerful; yet, does not meet the criteria for how a kick should be executed, would your kick then, be wrong? Not if it gets the job done. History is littered with great institutionalized failures that have eventually become great successes. Where they were once seen as wrong, we now see them as innovators in their field.

Granted, there are preset universal laws of nature that we each must abide by; but to cast out new ways of thinking that may provide a better alternative to the archetype would be a misstep in the learning and development of our society. We are at the dawn of a new age in creativity, all thanks to the power of the internet, and to dismiss open source creativity for inflexible dogma would be a disservice to all those proverbially peering outside the box.

Through adaptation, progression, and evolution, Jeet Kune Do has provided an appropriate framework for what continuous and effective improvement looks like. By keeping only the rules of nature in mind, and doing away with forcibly rigid schools of thought, we can each find our own unique creativity and way of doing things — if only we be like water.

Sir Ken Robinson – School Kills Creativity

I’m Down To Learn, But Make Sure Education Is Your Top Priority.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

Following the advent of various free-form methods of education, can we still say that school is necessary when seeking to educate ourselves? At our finger tips, there are a myriad of resources readily available to teach us lessons on things that we are most interested in. Yet, the grand majority still think that the only way to truly learn is through formalized education. Now, it shouldn’t be concluded that school is unimportant, but if we start to assume that the only way to build our education and resource of knowledge is through these institutions, we would sorely be mistaken.

Libraries, podcasts, YouTube videos, online lectures, documentaries; there are a myriad of alternate ways in which to learn that don’t require having to write an exam at the end. As a society, we are continuously rebuked for our fleeting attempts at passing predetermined test that are geared more towards standardizing our declarative capacity, than actually assessing our applied skill-set and ability to think outside the box. Sure, tests, grades and papers are important, but let’s not lose sight of what we’re actually going to school for: to learn. To take away something both useful and applicable.

After four years of so-called higher education, the most important take away shouldn’t be an expensive piece of paper that you paid for through inordinate mounds of debt, but a knowledge base that you can then apply to real-life situations – not just simulations. If you’ve sought out an expensive piece of parchment, that’s fine, but don’t let a document define your level of success. Learning comes with failure; learning comes with hard work; and, ultimately, learning requires discipline.

Why is it that when we truly desire to learn, we seek out free-form methods to educate ourselves that seem the most engaging and fun? Because there is no consequence. We are free to learn what we want to learn, simply for the sake of learning. Education should not only be free, but it should be enjoyed. It should be an endeavor we seek out to address our curiosities and to better our understanding of the world around us – not to force us to want to “pass”.

Truly, school had fallen by the wayside the day we took the focus off of education and placed the onus on indoctrination.

Suli Breaks – Why I Hate School But Love Education