The Education System Does Nothing To Prepare You For Life

The Education System Does Nothing To Prepare You For Life by Charles Sledge

This is a post for both parents and students. For parents who think that sending their kids to the right school will do anything for them and that it will prepare them for life. For students who actually believe their parents. At one time schools taught subjects that were relevant to life and that gave students an edge. Skills such as logic, rhetoric, and writing will benefit anyone in all facets of their life. However this all began to change sometime ago.

Schools went from being places of learning to places that taught students to be reliant on others and indoctrinated pawns of the state. Free thinking and independence was replaced by indoctrination and group think. An even greater lie was that college provides you with a good living and has a good ROI, when the opposite is true. And I’m not just talking about women’s studies majors but majors across all fields even many STEM majors.

The Harsh Reality

Many students will graduate with their bachelors or masters then be shocked when they still end up working for a wage barely enough to pay off their debt most likely for a job they hate. What’s the reason for this? The reason for this was because of taking the time to study the marketplace and how money works, they instead believed their parents and the state that “education” is a good thing and will provide them with a higher quality of life.

However reality had a different tune to sing. The truth is I (and the majority of students) would be better off dropping out of high school and learning a trade, sales, marketing, and copywriting. And by the time our peers graduated high school off to minimum wage jobs or increasing their debt in college we’d be rolling in money. School is frankly for the most part a complete and total waste of time.

What’s The Solution

Even when schools provided students with a quality education, there was and is a better way. That is the way of self-education. Books and experience. Though the utility of experience can be limited it still is a great teacher. Books have provided me with more knowledge and real education than any class or course ever did. Looking back if I would have spent my money on books on sales, marketing, and copywriting instead of a college education I would be light years ahead of where I am now.

Time is your most valuable resources, making school one of the biggest wastes of your life. Unfortunately there is not much you can do about it at first, other than make sure to supplement it with a real education. School does nothing to prepare you for how the real world works nor how the market works. And to make it in this world you are going to have to understand both really well. I may sound harsh but I only do so to make sure you understand that situation.

What To Do?

First and foremost if you are a parent let your child know that school is going to do little for their advancement in life. That if they really want to get anywhere then it will come through self study and books. Their teachers aren’t going to help them much and college is more a path to being dumbed down and in debt than it is to a higher standard of living. Teach them the value of entrepreneurship and teach them sales. Logic, writing, and rhetoric sure wouldn’t hurt either. The education system cannot be relied on to raise your children.

If you are a student realize that you are not getting an education in life and that to get one you have to go out and get it yourself. Your teachers know less than you give them credit for. Read books about sales, markting, and copywriting. Learn how to read, write, and think. Understand how the world really works not what your teachers and textbooks tell you. Unplug from the matrix or you will always be a slave to it. Take the red pill of life. At first it will be painful but it leads to freedom.


The sooner you start the better off you will be. You cannot rely on the media, education system, society, or even your family to lead you in the right direction. They will all mislead you some intentionally some because they’ve never been told anything different. You must take it upon yourself if you want to be successful in life. It’s all on you, it’s always been all on you. Take charge of your life and your destiny, that is the only way to be assured of everything. No one will tell you this, but I am.

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-Charles Sledge

Charles Sledge

  • Johnny Grube

    At 48 I have done okay even though I never finished high school.
    A teenage father I was forced to choose to finish school or support
    my daughter. Yet, was able to buy a home 24 years old where I
    raised 4 kids total. Want life experience, being a teenage father
    will do that. Life is different when others are counting on you for

    They are all grown, with kids of their own.

    A strong work ethic, be willing to do what is needed to provide
    for your family is the key. Sales, marketing and copywriting will
    give the skills and make you more valuable.

    10 years ago moved close to Penn State, and these kids are some
    of the dumbest kids you could ever meet. Every kid thinks their
    job in gender studies will make them millionaires.

    Great blog

    • Good job man. Sounds like you had your head screwed on a lot better than I did at 24. I’m 31 with 3 kids and we plan on teaching them everything they won’t be taught in school (but should be): budgeting, house making, cooking, sewing, (all 3 are girls), car maintenance, etc.
      Public schools are terrible for preparing kids for the real world, but that’s ok because honestly I don’t want anyone but my wife and I preparing our kids for the real world. It takes a village to raise a child? Nah, there’s too many village idiots nowadays.

      • Johnny Grube

        I have 4 kids from 3 different women raised every kid under
        my roof. Got custody of my daughter at 2 and was a single
        parent, she is now 31with 3 kids of her own.

        Then had a son from another women at 21. My son is
        now 28 and expecting his first son.

        In that time me and my present wife of 24 years have two daughters 21 who has a son and is expecting her 2 nd child
        and a 19 yr old daughter.

        In all those years I never spent one day on unemployment
        or laid off, I did struggle because of lack of financial skills
        rolling pennies for baby formula and diapers gets old.

        But it was a long hard road. Growing up on welfare
        living in a white ghetto with no father around. Growing
        up with drunking domestic violence, I drank, did drugs
        and would fight a lot, bad stuff!

        But i thought my kids deserve the best I could do at the
        time with what I was capable of doing.

        At about 28 things changed. I started reading self help books
        things i wanted to change i bought a book, a course etc.

        Anyhow things are different now. I read and train everyday, and
        will continue until im dead.

        • Good for you man. Seriously. It’s hard to get out of that type of situation. You changed your whole family tree.

          • Johnny Grube

            Thanks brother! I read your blog and didnt know it.

    • Thanks Johnny. That’s impressive man. Know lots of kids who had kids in high school and never made anything of themselves then blame it on circumstances. It takes a very strong man to pull himself up by the bootstraps and to fight like you. Your kids have a great role model for what to do.

      • Johnny Grube

        I wish there was a blog like yours when I was figuring it out,
        love your books, wondering if you are going to put them
        in print? Would be good books to give to my grandsons.

  • SnapperTrx

    I have always told my sons that they needed to graduate high school, but that I didn’t expect them to go to college unless they wanted to pursue something in STEM. Otherwise I have encouraged them to learn a trade like mechanics, welding, carpentry – stuff people will always need. Once you get good at a trade you can get repeat customers who will always rely on you when they have an issue and will make sure others know about you. You can make plenty of money right away, instead of putting yourself in four years of debt only to find out you cant get a job in the field you paid for!

    • Trades are a great option much superior to the average college degree for sure.

  • H8TheWayLifeIs

    i got this from Jesse Charger, who runs a site/blog called Seduction Science, i know it will sound philosophical but it sounds very valid to me, you said something that is becoming rarer and rarer in regards to men not leading the interaction:

    “my personal pet theory on this is that we practice being followers
    throughout our entire life. You go to school and you practice being a
    follower. You practice seeking permission from your teachers in your
    homework assignments because you want to do well. Actually following and
    seeking permission can help you thrive in a school environment.

    with the work environment ‑ most jobs want rather passive workers. They
    don’t necessarily need you to be a leader, so we’re always looking for
    permission from our boss to do anything.

    In that kind of setting,
    you can thrive where you’re passive. I think passive entertainment also
    teaches us to be spectators where we’re teaching television and we’re
    just practicing passive emotions. You know we’re not using our
    decision-making muscles. We’re not leading groups of men or women.So
    I think we’re practicing this passivity all day throughout our entire
    life, so then when it comes to women where it’s 100 percent on our
    shoulders, we can’t do it. We can’t do that heavy lifting because we
    haven’t built up those muscles.”

  • H8TheWayLifeIs

    you think that post from Jesse Charger sounds pretty solid or pretty accurate on how the education system makes guys followers instead of leaders? and work environment as well?

    • Don’t think I’ve read it, but yes the education system makes you a weak drone.

  • H8TheWayLifeIs

    Another statement I got from somewhere was: “It is really too bad, unfortunate, that our schools do not teach conversation-skills. They are just as important as math or history or any other subject. Hell, to me, they are even more important because communication is the way you climb social-ladders.” “The better you are at conversation, the easier it is to get a job, promotion, attract people to form relationships and befriend people with ease”

  • theantichamber

    Schools still teach critical thinking and domain expertise. The only reason we have doctors, psychologists, engineers, etc is because people learn from the experts – this is the most fundamental process by which culture advances.

    Free and independent thinking is actually still the cornerstone of academia.

    it’s possible that the majority of students arent interested in sales or marketing. Some people would like to contribute to science and society in other ways. Is it so wrong for a society to value education for reasons other than strictly financial gain? On the level of the national economy, in fact, it’s prudent to have citizens educated in a wide variety of fields.

    It would be pretty difficult to self teach oneself to be a good lawyer, surgeon, or chemist. Most professions really require proper hands on training and guidance and assistance from experts.

    It’s okay to rely on society and accept help from others. To the commenter who said school doesn’t teach conversation, how would going to school, where you’re surrounded by peers and mentors daily, in general result in less conversational practice than studying alone?

    If anyone is interested in arguing this question honestly in an anonymous setting, I invite you to participate at TheAntiChamber.