sorry, I do not have time to watch the video, but I can offer my observations on education which might be helpful:
- like any public institution, education over time evolves to serve the educators, not the students...decisions are made to maximize the comfort of the teachers...and to some extent, where there is great ego, a certain sadism can creep in where the teacher and institution leaders actually get some power pleasure from abusing the students as an end in itself to obtain positive feedback on the R-complex/reptilian level.
This is tolerated by most FWAUs who are fearful sheep. Some FWAUs, especially highly intelligent ones with an elevated sense of justice, who are also not constrained by fear, do not tolerate it and drop out before entering the more rewarding experience of higher education, which has the challenges of lower schools, but much less so.
- one actually profitable aspect of this is that it is excellent preparation for working in public institutions or conventional businesses. You are being trained to be obedient and tolerate ignorance, bullying and so on. (This aspect might be somewhat diminished for the modern American conceived company where you work)
- As you may remember, I have a close relative who emigrated from Canada to Germany, and my father's mother tongue was German (though born in Canada), so I have lots of second hand data to draw on to make comparisons. Germany is famously imbalanced toward the left hemisphere, and you are a right hemisphere guy (or multipolar), a total mismatch. There is the joke, somewhat at the expense of the Italians (who I adore)...in Germany, everything is forbidden, except that which is permitted, in France, everything is permitted, except that which is forbidden, and in Italy, everything is permitted, especially that which is forbidden ; - )...the point being, German culture at its root, albeit famously productive materially, is a very stressful culture to be (my personal lifetime low point was breaking down in a German language class), and this will be reflected and magnified in its institutions, especially in its lower educational institutions where the student has no power. Your experience of education would be very different in the American southwest for example, or at an Italian University, where the culture is more balanced. Another way to look at this is that you can be the 3 dimensional guy in flatland, or the person with one eye in blindville, and exploit this advantage.
- Note that Tom presumably got so fed up with his local schools that he home schooled his kids for a period, which worked out well for them at university level.
- drawing on my own experience as a Government policy guy, I can tell you that education, like any other field, is not constrained by a lack of ideas...the limiting factor is rather vested interests and the alignment of these vested interests with the levers of power. As with any policy area, the tug of war is between public sector vested interests and private sector vested interests, and the so called client or student is a secondary or third consideration....or more likely, the nominal goal of the institution, or education itself, is an accidental indifferent outcome to the process.
This applies to any activity established under the political/administrative side of society, when the client is not directly purchasing the good or service. (This is why Friedman concluded the only solution was libertarianism and minimization of public institutions, and cutting direct cheques for legit social welfare recipients, minimizing parasitic bureaucracies.)
- there are a couple of profitable ways to go with this set of challenges. For myself, I was able to find a path that minimized my effort/pain and maximized my gains, and did the education plus career thing, and there is an art and skill to this (the secret is "boss shopping"). It is what it is, and part of it is overcoming our anger that reality is not conforming to our expectations and demands.
For my brother in law, who could not tolerate formal education, he bounced around with self employment for a period until he found this niche (property inspection), and then he obtained his credentials in mid-life, and now teaches this material in community college and sits on the State/Provincial regulatory Board.
For example, in your company, there will be credential opportunities which you will sign up for and excel at. In my area, we have many immigrants running around getting rich, because no one taught them that they could not do that. The point being, education is not the be all and end all, you can go back later in life, you can find paths to prosperity without this...or you can just be happy with a smaller financial footprint.
- someday there will likely be schools and Universities based on MBTOE principles, which will eventually become mainstream, but this is likely hundreds of years off.
Does this PMR make my butt look big?