or the game will play you.
It’s just that simple.
I love the way my friend Rebecca warns students against dropping out. She argues that high school might or might not be an enriching experience but … see the above.
I agree. Many kids seem to learn very little. Even basic civics or an understanding that not everyone thinks or acts the same way. And the schools have been so pared down — there is little art, music, p.e. (for the masses) to be found. Even intellectual rigor seems to have given way to testing.
However, without that diploma many things become close to impossible. When the armed forces were in a position to be picky, they went through a season where they rejected some potential recruits who had only earned the G.E.D.
Minimal participation in today and tomorrow’s economy looks like some form of post graduate training. There is very little earn while you learn. You either get training through some form of college, Job Corps, adult high school, training program or union hall or you can prepare for a lifetime of shaky, underemployment. And even if you get the training, you have to keep stepping up your game because global competition means that things changing is the rule.
This slogan has obvious applications to many other situations.