BASICS OF EDUCATION - The Importance of Competence 📕

June 30, 2018

 

After educating people for nearly 35 years on the just about everything, I’ve learned there are certain basics to education that are either ignored or not known.

 

Here’s one of them, and no, I’m not pulling any punches.

 

First, let’s talk about people who educate, and that includes teachers, professors, instructors, trainers, educators, book writers, mentors, video instructionists, and so.

 

Whatever you call them, these are people who teach others something.

 

For purposes of this video we’ll call them teachers, and for the people receiving this teaching - students.

 

If you are teaching someone something, your goal is the following:

 

Competence, which is defined as the ability to do something successfully or efficiently.

 

In other words, the person being taught can eventually DO the thing you are teaching them.

 

It’s NOT - did they get a passing grade, it’s NOT convincing them they are now smarter, it’s NOT they can now recite everything back to you word for word from memory, or a million other ideas that are used to hide the fact that either the student can do the thing being taught, or they can’t.

 

If they can DO the thing you are teaching them, you’ve done your job.

 

If they can’t, you aren’t.

 

It’s not the STUDENT who failed – it’s the TEACHER who failed.

 

Note I didn’t say that makes the teacher BAD or INCOMPETENT or anything else that may have pissed you off when I said that.

 

So, if you do teach, step away from the cliff, and take responsibility for the fact that if the people you are teaching can’t DO the thing you are teaching them, you’ve failed them and yourself.

 

No matter what B.S. you feed yourself or get fed from others, if the student can’t DO the thing you are teaching them, you’ve failed in some way, and if you did, it’s because you didn’t know, that out of all the things you do, THAT’S your job.

 

As far teachers go, let’s quit blaming the students, the curriculum, the government, or anyone else for that matter, for YOUR failures.

 

The minute you blame someone else for ANYTHING, you’ve lost whatever power you have to make something go right, and handed it over to them – they now own you.

 

Mark that one down in your book of don’t ever forget this, no matter who you are.

 

If you can’t stomach that much responsibility, or worse, don’t care, I suggest you get the hell out of teaching, and quit trying to fool everyone that you know what you are doing, as you’re hurting yourself and every single student you teach.

 

Teachers can help create truly competent people who can DO things, are sure of themselves, are sure of their abilities, and are excited to work and learn and do, or, as you may have seen lately, more incompetent people who think they are entitled to an award for simply breathing.

 

For all those teachers out there that do actually teach, I commend you on continuing to do your job despite a crazy world that invites you to do otherwise.

 

As far students go, let’s quit blaming the teacher, your parents, your environment, your friends, your upbringing, or anything else for that matter, for YOUR failures.

 

As I said, the minute you blame someone else for ANYTHING, you’ve lost whatever power you have to make something go right, and handed it over to them – they now own you.

 

Let’s all man or woman up and put an end to this fad everyone’s been eating forever called “It’s somebody else’s fault”.

 

Own it, forgive yourself, and start doing YOUR job, otherwise your attitude and emotions and ego and justified reasons will overtake you.

 

If you’re going to learn something, then for god sakes, go learn it for blood, and quit being so namby-pamby about it.

 

I don’t care if you’re 9 or 90, YOU, not someone else, are entirely responsible for what you learn, and the standard on whether you learned it or not, is you can DO the thing you learned.

 

Walk into education with the purpose of actually learning something and finding out how to APPLY it in the real world.

 

If the teacher can’t tell you how to apply it, then quit trying to get out of doing the work by pretending you’re stupid – you’re not.

 

FIGURE IT OUT.

 

A student learns the words of the subject and what they mean, learns the subject matter, applies what they are leaning to the real world, and does it over and over until they get really good at it.

 

That’s competence.

 

“Oh” you say, “but I get all “As” so I learned that subject.

 

Do you mean you have stuck a bunch of information in your head and are able to regurgitate it back onto a test paper? That kind of A?

 

Screw the grade! The grade is not as important as being able to do the thing you are learning.

 

I’m not saying bad grades are OK.

 

What I am saying is a passing grade doesn’t mean squat if you can’t do the thing that you were being taught, and if so, no matter what grade you got, you failed.

 

The responsibility for learning something and making sure you can do the thing being learned is entirely on you, the student, the person learning something.

 

There’s this stupid fad going around that nobody should judge anyone for anything, and if you’ve bought into that, well, buy yourself out.

 

People ARE going to judge you because you think it is fun to play this latest game taking the world by storm called the joy or irresponsibility.

 

People ARE going to judge you when you want a job, want to go to college, need a raise, want a loan for a car, a new apartment, a bigger allowance, a house loan, whether to advance you in your career, and whether you can be trusted.

 

The people who eventually get the jobs and the money are the people willing to do the work, can DO the things they have been taught and are able to learn and do the things they will be taught in the future.

 

In other words, you’ll be judged on your ability to do something successfully or efficiently, your ability to learn and do the things you’ve been taught, your competence.

 

The responsibility for teaching others is huge, and lies in rolling up your sleeves and never giving up until the students you are teaching can actually DO the thing being taught.

 

The responsibility for being a student is huge, and lies in rolling up your sleeves and never giving up until you can actually DO the thing being taught.

 

Force, threats, punishment, duress, drugs, excuses, justifications, finger pointing, “it’s their fault” and a million other things have not, and will not EVER work, and do not belong in education.

 

What does work is both teacher and student getting on the same page, sharing 100% of the responsibility for learning the subject matter being taught, an insistence on knowing why and how it is applied in the real world and applying it until the student can DO the thing being taught.

 

That applies to math, language, economics, yoga, washing dishes, mowing lawns, fishing, cleaning, driving, language, painting, art, photography, skateboarding, music, walking, running, cooking, cake baking, videos, YouTube channels, filmmaking, and any subject you can think of.

 

There’s no better feeling than being competent at something, and no trait better admired than someone who is really competent at what they do.

 

It’s always your choice.

 

I hope that helps, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

 

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