In the movie 3 Idiots, Rancho is the, you could say, thorn among the roses. He stands out, different from the rest. He does not conform with the rest, if there is something that needs changing he tries to change it. Rancho stands by his principles and ideals, one of which he said that stuck in my mind was something along this line, “strive for excellence and successful will follow”. Makes sense? I think it does. When I though back at my life, I’ve always dreamed of success, but when I evaluate myself, I never excelled in anything. If success follows those who excel, then I’m definitely out of the choices. In this thinking that I found an answer, being a jack of all trades isn’t bad, but its better to have something you’re both good and bad at, rather than have everything in equal. Look at us, yourself, there are things you were never good at, things you can only be good at in dreams and imagination, if the good and evil balance each other out, then why don’t we apply the same principle and excel in the things we are good at. If there is something we can’t do, we make up for it in other ways. Nobody is perfect, why strive for perfection? Perfection can’t be achieved individually, that is why we have partners and groups. Another thing he commonly says in the film is “all is well”. You have to have faith. Being nervous, anxious, worried won’t help at all. Only when one is calm and collected can one find a solution that won’t backfire.
School basically teaches us how to score high grades, get a good job, save money, become rich. That perspective is non-ideal, first of all if grades are the only basis for success, what do we make of those that never finished their education? Some of the richest people in the world never finished their education. I believe the education committee should rethink of how they should implement learning. After all, if everything constantly changes, why shouldn’t the education style too? The learning in schools is measured by how much you “supposedly” understood the lesson. But if we can only score points in exams that are similar to the problems in books and problem sets, then there is no learning. We do not gain anything, simply numbers based on how well we did in memorizing these facts. There is no application nor is there any integration.
I’ve heard of people saying that after graduation, around 70%-80% of what we learned in school is thrown right out because the companies will still train us. That means that 70%-80% of the total tuition fees that we payed to study in school are downright wasted. We should have just given them to the school, the poor, invested or saved it for ourselves rather than make us suffer studying things we would throw out the window during graduation and work. Some people in the internet even say we should NOT got to school, and from whom I’ve heard this from, most of them are independent people, they make bigger money than those with college degrees. If these people are the successful ones, then what the heck are we doing in school and what is the “education” for?
Often times, parents see games as a waste of time, money and resource. They perceive them as nothing more than something people should not focus on. Though it is true that people should not spend too much time in playing games, Games offer somethings that people won’t normally learn in classrooms. As the way things are taught in schools, the imagination is limited to the four corners of the room, learning is limited to what the teacher or professor says. In games, that restriction is removed. As people are interacting with the game itself, they are inclined to the line of thoughts that classrooms would normally prohibit. RPG games offer a sense of interaction that would normally not exist in classrooms, the way things are learned is different, the strategy itself is different, different yet effective. For parents that have only played games such as Solitaire, these games are meant as stress relievers, you would gain nothing from playing these and from this mind set that they judge all games. This should not be, and for them to understand, they must let go of that thinking and integrate themselves in this changing times.
The way people think before, the way they do things, what their usual routines were, they’re all different from today’s generation. What the books were are now the internet. What the classrooms were are now online classrooms. The times are changing, how people do things and how they learn are now all different from before. And it would be wise to change the learning process to fit the change that we are undergoing today. To stick with the past would be to hinder progress.
My priorities in learning depend on whether I need to learn it for something in the immediate future or if it coincides with my current interests. If neither then I would most likely postpone and forget about it.
Some, I am able to use my connections to fulfill my activities and learning. When with High School friends we tend to do more of activities rather than doing any learning.
My present educational goals are to merely pass the subjects I take and pass the thesis all through out. My present goals are not affected by my PLN as it is based on what I wish to achieve, not on what I think realistically would happen. Looking at my PLN reminds me of what it is I wish to achieve and brings back the feeling of wanting to achieve it.