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I am really glad you shared this article !! thank you :)

I failed 9th grade 3 times, and ultimately dropped out.

Immediately after dropping out the last time, I started my own business and for the past 25 years, I have owned a number of successful (and disastrous failure) businesses.

Then, last year, I finally decided to get a "formal education", and it was the dumbest decision of my life. I saw first hand how screwed up the academic system really is.

After building a $77M business, I was forced to take Business 101 classes, and level 023 math classes. It was ridiculous... The schools I attended live and die based on a ridiculously antiquated system of prep testing. If I did not score well on the entrance exam tests, then I was forced into a box I just did not fit in. I was taking classes with 15-year-olds, trying to get their high school equivalent credits, instead of the classes I really WANTED to take and that were appropriate for my advanced skill set.

Bottom line is that the entire collegiate system is broken, and needs a 100% overhaul, if they are going to attract ( and keep ) potential clients like like me.
+John Laine The most important skills you learn in life are the ones you learn while living it. The education system can teach you theory, but when it comes to the real world, it is often difficult to apply your learning to the situations you encounter. I agree with you, the system is broken.
+John Laine Wow, you have a very interesting backstory. And I agree, the rigid educational systems that are in place are far too limited, especially these days given how much you can learn on your own online.
Liberal educations are a luxury. They always have been and always will be. Hopefully we'll see the return of worthwhile technical education but I doubt it. Too many people still won't take anything less than a traditional college experience'
:_)  Yup... :)   Thank you +Daniel Crossley and +Brian Pemberton ... It has been a very interesting ride..

I have learned more than most people with MBA's and yet, I have no way of quantifying my education. Soldier returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are having similar problems. There is NO accreditation process for skills learned "On the Job"... or in the "School of Hard Knox".

I have looked into several of the "out of the box" accreditation systems like Kahn Academy and Coursera, and I hope that one of them gains traction, to combat the current academia system.

But sadly, none of them are well funded or staffed enough to compete (successfully) against a trillion dollar+ corporate education industry.
This is awesome. Competition will pop the education bubble.
Some universities give credit for life experience. My husband earned his degree from the University Without Walls at UMass Amherst. He did have to take traditional classes, and write a thesis on his his work and life experience. One of the Williams (tennis) sisters is going there now.
I have to admit, I am humbled at all these responses. I am typically a shy (often low self esteem) person, and I almost never share my past openly like this. I am stunned to have 14 people + me :)  Thank you :)

I am delightfully married to +Cyndy Hagin who has earned her Masters degree, and I respect anyone willing to go through this process.
My hat is off to anyone who can succeed in the academic system the way it stands now, but I have to agree with +Andrei C Zamfir. I strongly believe that competition between companies like "Degreed", "Kahn Academy" and "Coursera" ultimately beat our the current (antiquated) system. 
Ed Chi
+John Laine It's awesome that you've managed to be successful despite not completing a formal education.  There are a number of case studies of people who have managed to do this.  Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are often cited as examples for not completing college but yet extremely successful. I'm sure there are many others. Formal education is designed for linear learning, and clearly it doesn't fit everyone. You're a good reminder to us how we must tailor education to the individual, and not the other way around.
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This is an amazing video which illustrates a LOT fo the problems associated with the "modern" education system. My wife (+Cyndy Hagin) has been an educator for almost 20 years, and we both see the flaws, from different perspectives, and each coming to similar conclusion.

Hopefully in the coming decades, systematized education will become less important, and employers will begin looking at the whole person (capable of doing the job) rather than a piece of paper and hoping for the best.

While it is true that professionally, I have accomplished a lot, it is also equally true that I have failed more than I have succeeded. I think my lack of formalized education in my early childhood was a big problem that I am still working to overcome. I would personally never put me in the same category as Gates or Jobs... But thank you for the Ego-boost :)
That´s not the way to solve that problem. It will fail.
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