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Why I am anti formal education (and pro self learning)

I am anti education and academia. Why? Because self teaching is quicker. But only if you're quick.

Published: 2022-05-13

This post is unfinished - I'm working on it


I am anti-education and academia. Why? Because self-teaching is quicker if you're quick.

I've spoken a lot on this subject. I am from a working-class family - both of my parents were headteachers and often disagreed with me about this.

I'll give you an example:

If you're a quick learner, using formal education, your learning speed is limited to the pace of the class - which is based on the median average learning speed or the speed of the curriculum.

Everything I have learned myself, from coding to business to lifting, I believe I have learned faster by not doing it through formal education.

Whether you consider me lucky, intelligent, arrogant or otherwise - believe that if you have an IQ significantly above others, not necessarily determined from an IQ test, but you can tell you are learning faster than others, then formal education will slow you down. I'm not suggesting you learn everything from Dr Google.

Actually, I am. But part of that process is learning the right resources. e.g. health, you have to understand that isolated, underpowered or null result studies have no significant meaning - instead, the meta-analyses that follow do.

Do not get me wrong. There are many exceptions to this rule. e.g. formal education in Computer Science tends to make you a better team player rather than a hacker. But, in my era, I needed to be a hacker. I guess I'm biased somewhat due to that.

Maybe the privilege I now enjoy as a result of retiring early with enough money to do what I want has polarised my opinion. That, I probably won't ever know for sure.



About Kishore Naib (Kit Naib)

Kishore founded the e-commerce company Watch Shop in 2007 and exited in 2014 after an acquisition by Watches of Switzerland at the age of 34. Watch Shop was a medium sized enterprise (£44 million sales) and was one of the UK's fasted growing companies, doubling turnover every year.

After leaving Watch Shop Kishore did a few coding projects but decided to follow his true and first passion: Lifting and bodybuilding.

Kishore Naib (Kit Naib)

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