EDUCATION—NOT JUST BRICK-AND-MORTAR SCHOOLS
Education is all around us, and we should always be learning. Education is far more than classrooms and teachers—that’s just one form of education. Education happens in our conversations at the coffee shop, in our walks through nature, in the books we read, the films we watch—you can learn something from almost anything or anyone, if you put your mind to it.
The reason this is important is that our culture has fallen into the rut of assuming that the only way to get a quality education is through attending brick-and-mortar schools—and by extension, the only way to get a good job is by graduating college with a degree. The problem is, this is not true. It never has been true, but in our changing world, with rising education costs and lowered odds of getting hired after college, these truths are once again coming to the fore. Not only is formal education not for everyone, but the truth is, in many ways, the system is failing us. This is the philosophy behind OOMROOM, to explore options for education and even job training that exist beyond the standard brick-and-mortar school.
EXPLORING EDUCATION ALTERNATIVES
The truth is, education has existed long before schools were invented. From ancient times, we passed our knowledge on through the art of one-on-one apprenticeship (a practice that is being revived today, as you’ll see in the pages that follow). Even today, as people discover the flaws in our modern education system and how many people are falling through the cracks, they are exploring new alternatives for education. This begins as early as grade school ages, through the practices of homeschooling and un-schooling, and continues into adulthood and the pursuit of a career. Nowadays, there are numerous other ways to prepare for a lucrative career: online education, occupational training, on-the-job training, the mentor-apprentice approach, and so on.
In the pages that follow, we hope to steer your thinking in a new direction about education, especially if you are thinking about pursuing a career. We’ll talk about different career paths that don’t require a formal education, and we’ll talk about the various ways you can train for those careers. We won’t completely abandon the brick-and-mortar concept, either—we’ll talk about the ways the system is currently failing, and we’ll discuss ideas as to how colleges and formal higher education institutions can alter their approach.
It’s all here—designed to make you think, and hopefully change your thinking. Read on. Welcome to OOMROOM.