As I earlier indicated, one of the most shocking discoveries during my research was Harvard University’s sad finding about Education that points to the fact that Formal Education is able to harness only up to 22 percent of people’s true effectiveness and greatness in life. So there is big void in the existing educational system. Indeed, Harvard University noted that, though aptitude is responsible for only 15 percent of success in life, and attitude accounts for 85 percent, 90 percent of the time and money spent on formal education is spent developing the aptitude, whereas only 10 percent of the time and finances is spent developing the attitude. Research done under the auspices of Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and other institutions corroborates this. It is therefore not surprising what the renowned economist, Prof. Sir, William Arthur Lewis, says about the mainstream educational system; he says that, “Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools are not always education, and the result may well be to reduce productive capacity rather than to increase it.” In fact, the higher you go in formal education (schooling) the less you learn about a subject. In the words of Robert T Kiyosaki: “School teaches you more and more about less and less.” I need to explain this a little more so that it doesn’t get misconstrued; take it that you want to become a Psychologist, so first you go to the University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, this will involve general principles in Psychology applicable to every sphere of human endeavour. When you decide to go higher, you will be required to narrow down to an area of interest, say Child Psychology, and study more about that in a Master’s Degree programme; essentially getting to know more in a much smaller part of the field of Psychology. When you decide to go higher still, you will be required to narrow down further to a smaller area of interest within Child Psychology, say Psychology of Children with Autism, and study more about that in a Doctorate Degree programme; essentially getting to know more in a much smaller part of the field of Psychology.
The resultant effect of this nature of education is that many people graduate from our tertiary institutions and enter the world of work with a lot less of the requisite soft skills, but without knowing so. In addition to that, most people come out of school with a very warped mindset. Consequently, most people, including the ‘educated’ ones underestimate their capabilities and use very little (far less than 10%) of their true potential. Most of such people operate from a position of unconscious incompetence; they do not know ‘what they do not know’ so they are ineffective but unaware, and thus not interested in adding on complementary knowledge; especially the soft skills.
So essentially our formal education system is such that you get to know more and more about less and less, and if you don’t at the same time make some effort to improve your knowledge in the foundational soft skills, such as Emotional Intelligence, How to Harness Your True / Hidden Potential, etc., you will graduate with impressive certificate but may find it so difficult working with people while at the same time people will find you strange and wonder what you truly learnt in all your numerous schooling.