Failed By The System

Following on from last week’s blog where I elaborated on my complete and utter dislike for the whole life coach “phenomenon”, I’m going to go into another thing that really grates me, something that I’ve titled “failed by the system” as it seemed the most appropriate term I could come up to describe it.
As someone who has worked in the employment industry for a long period of my life, its something I see all the time, people who are really intelligent, have great aspirations and goals, but were just failed by the system simply because they were not academic in school.
I myself struggled in school and left with little qualifications, as I’ve mentioned before, I think this was primarily due to the fact that I suffered from quite severe dyslexia. Back then, they’d barely even heard of it, let alone provided any assistance to pupils that had it. Failed by the System1
Sadly, it’s not just the dyslexics that the system fails, there are so many reasons why someone can slip through the cracks of the education system and then that’s them, forced out into the world, with everything against them. Of course it doesn’t stop everyone in this position from succeeding, some of the best, most successful entrepreneurs in the world were labelled dimwits at school, or booted out for thinking outside the box. They used this rejection to spur them onto to their achievements and I think that’s a really admirable quality, but it’s the others that I feel for, the ones who don’t quite have power to turn it all around after being brushed aside at the first hurdle.
I often find myself thinking of a quote by a man heralded as one of the most intelligent to ever grace the earth – Albert Einstein. He wisely said; “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
I’m not having a go at teachers here, there are a lot of them out there struggling with oversized classes, minimal resources, a stuffy curriculum and unfair testing regimes. Sure, there are probably some teachers out there who could do with an attitude transplant, but that’s the same with any profession and there are some really incredible ones out there too, making the very best of a bad situation, so I don’t want to sound like I’m having a dig at them.
This failure runs much deeper unfortunately, but I do think that times are changing, people are slowly waking up and realising that there is world out there where people can achieve their goals and make an impact. And if you are terrible at maths and science, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be a failure as a human being!!