Failings and Triumphs of American Education System

Before I begin I must say everything in this post will only be from my experience, knowledge, and opinion.  We have succeeded in many aspects.  One of the most important is allowing all children under the age of seventeen to go to school free.  This is not a common practice across the world.  The expenses to the society are great and so are the need to free up children for school. In America we despise those who would force their children to work.  I do believe that when the family would not suffer it would be preferable to offer education, but in cases where the absence of a child would force not only the child, but also the family to starve or lose their home then it would be necessary to have them work.  I believe this is one thing people against do not understand.  Would they give up their life to the family who would be destroyed in order to let their children to go to school.  I understand that of course the argument is not that simply, but the idea stands it is a great thing that we have systems set up which allows all children to go to school.  These of course work in parallel with other social programs such as wellfare and food stamps.

There is a major downside to this form of education.  If you not only allow, but force children into school the quality of education given will suffer.  If all are not as interested or intelligent as the rest then steps must be taken to slow the academic progress down.  The same problem exists with disobedient or disruptive children and the disabled. We have in many ways fixed many of the issues, but of course the program will continually be evaluated and improved upon.

The largest complaint I have is the mix of capital with higher education and information itself.  Though true intellects do not seek fortune from their intelligence it does cost much to run a university and allow the growth of different arts and sciences.  With this being said the price of such education and even access to books is far to high.  The internet has done a wonderful job removing the capital from information and the endless flow which comes is continually reducing the demand of learning.  With more access to information providers will be unable to charge or at the very least must reduce the price and add value.  I do believe that if this freedom continues and people become as intelligent or even more so with the free access to information.

The Art of Influence

I began this article with the title “The Art of Manipulation”, but felt the negative connotation would undermine the message. First lets discuss why a person would want to influence another.  In society the most common mass influence we have is negative reinforcement.  If you break a set of rules your freedom is taken in the hope that your behavior will somehow change or at the very least you will be unable to continue the behavior for at the least until the term of your imprisonment is over.  Though this system is one of the worst uses of influence ever devised it is still the most common.  A more positive influence we do socially (outside of middle and high school) is reward the most intelligent among us.  Doctors, Lawyers, and other professionals have to go through intense schooling and when done are rewarded by being allowed to charge high prices for their services.

 

These are great examples of how society can influence the population within, but what if you want to influence on a more personal level.  Before you attempt to influence someone make sure you fully understanding that any interaction with another person is permanent and will not be forgotten.  If your goals are underhanded or self serving then there will likely be negative consequences.  The first step is knowing exactly what your goals are with the interaction.  The second step is spending time thinking about the other person and why they don’t see things in your perspective.  The need to influence should only come after first simply asking for whatever you would like.  If this fails then surely the person will have their reasons.  Make sure when discussing the issue you keep the conversation passive.  Don’t push your thoughts onto them simply attempt to uncover why exactly they feel the way they do.

 

Now we have a good idea of what we want from a person and why the person objects.  It is time to begin the influence.  There are several ways to begin.  What I like to do is first begin developing a list of why my idea is better than the other.  During this time be sure to also merge your idea with the other.  This will be difficult, but greatly increases your chances of successfully influencing someone.  Next it is time to begin working on how you approach the subject.  Many times the influence will fail if the topic is brought up with too much pressure to see things your way.  If you bring up an idea in a way which shuts down any argument the chance of changing someones opinion will be small.

 

 

Learning With PDFs

This I am sure most people already know about.  Personally I love to learn and the majority of my searches have reflected this.  The majority of the time I use Google Scholar, Google Books, and all the free online libraries out.  I also have subscribed to many academic you tube channels mainly colleges.  Amazon is another great place to find free online learning materials with their large amount of free literature.

 

With all this I believed I had at the very least a grasp on where to find the knowledge available on the web.  This was of course until I searched a topic while applying (PDF) in the search term.  After doing this I was blown away with the massive amount of books written by well renowned people in all the various academic institutions.  All of these are free to read, but remember simply because they are free and you are able to download them easily they are under copyright.

 

Make sure if your interested in a subject try placing pdf in the search term.