I've decided to start writing more about my goals and plans for the future. I used to be too scared to even talk about them because they seemed too big to even achieve. Though after spending time with leaders who are transforming every industry imaginable, even private space flight, I've decided my dreams aren't really all that crazy.
Some self-improvement gurus encourage you to put your head down and do the work before sharing your ideas with anyone. Others advise to share your journey from day one. I've been doing sort of a mix of both, and I've come to realize that the only person who will ever know what's best for me is myself. And I feel that what's best for me right now is to start putting some of my long-term goals out there. With the intention to gain clarity for myself through my writing, but also to attract others who are passionate about solving similar problems.
My goal for the past 3 years has been to write a book. I did that. I intend on writing more and I plan to go speak with students at middle and high schools around the world, but that's not where I stop. Though many people are authors and speakers professionally, forever, that's not my intention.
I will change the entire trajectory of education. Sure it might seem kind of bold to make a statement like that, but you'd be surprised-- once you finally stop arguing for your limitations, you can finally see how much you're really capable of. The book I just published has essentially been done for the past two years. The thing is, it didn't take me the last two years to write it, it took me that much time to muster up the courage to publicly share it. I'm not doing that again. I'm done being the one to limit myself. So anyways, moving on.
The education system is outdated. Period. Its not serving our modern students anymore. Again, this is from my personal experience, as well as from the teens I mentor and speak with daily. Though if we did conduct a study, I wouldn't be surprised if the numbers backed it up. I'll be doing more research on the facts and figures in the coming months regarding the educations system and how Generation Z is the loneliest generation we've seen, with record suicide rates among teens.
That shouldn't be happening. That doesn't need to be happening. Our kids are overwhelmed, they are stressed, they are lonely. They are crying out for help, but everyone is too busy to do something about it. The school system is supposed to prepare our youth for life. Right now, it's not. Our school system isn't preparing our youth for life, it's leading them to suicide.
That's a heavy one to process, I know. But it's true.
Think about how you feel when you are learning about something you actually care about. Whether it's crafting or animals or even space, don't you get this sense of awe and wonder? When you are learning about something that interests you, you are captivated and you are filled with this sense of possibility. You get this hunger where you want to know more, you want to take action, you want all your questions to be answered. This is what school should feel like. Curiosity should be paramount.
Right now, school is all about facts and memorization and scores. I fully intend on doing more research into the current state of education today. I even briefly considered going back to college for an education degree, but then I realized that would be a waste of time. A much more efficient way to learn about the education industry is to spend time in it, with the actual administrators, teachers, students, and parents. So that's what I'll do instead.
Anyways, the title of this blog is about charter schools, which is what has been on my mind lately. Whenever I mention that I want to change the education industry and that I want to create my own schools, someone always says "Well, isn't that what charter schools are?"
Honestly, I have no idea. So I thought I'd use this blog post to dive a little bit deeper into charter schools. Because if charter schools are the answer, then why do we still have a problem? Don't most kids still go to public school? Aren't the stats still showing record high suicide rates? If charter schools are the answer, why aren't all our kids attending them? Do they cost money, are they hard to find, do you have to apply to get in?
Let's go do a Google search.
What is a charter school?
"A charter school is a school that receives government funding but operates independently of the established state school system in which it is located. It is independent in the sense that it operates according to the basic principle of autonomy for accountability, that it is freed from the rules but accountable for results."
HOW DOES THIS WORK!? Why would the government give money to a school that isn't under it's jurisdiction?
Okay, I'm going to go dive into the charter school rabbit hole. I'll report back when I know more. If you are more knowledgeable than I in this area, please email me.