Three things in particular stick out to me about the traditional education system that have slowly driven me to start Free MBA:
1) We’ve trained generations of young people to make traditional education their default decision. It’s rare to see people show their 18-22 year olds other alternatives to learning and determining your life’s work.
2) The current “system” is an industrial model that breeds compliance and, as Sir Ken Robinson says, “kills creativity.” There’s absolutely no reason for lectures to still exist. Professors can easily record their lectures, post them online and share them with students. The simplest solution here is to “flip the system.” What I mean is this:
Ask any student or professor or dean what the main benefits of traditional education and MBAs are and they’ll tell you it’s the connections. The networking. The peer groups. The clubs.
Well, if that is true and those are the primary benefits, why are those not the primary features? Why are they secondary to lectures and homework?
What we need is to flip it so lectures are watched at home and going to class is reserved for networking, projects, problem-solving and obtaining the primary benefits of education.
Make the primary benefits the primary features, too. That’s product development 101.
3) Debt. The average undergrad student walks away from school with $35,000 in debt and the average MBA graduates with $66,300 in debt. What a great start to life.
This is all problematic.
So, I guess you could say the mission of Free MBA is to inspire the world to aggressively pursue alternative paths to learning and finding your life’s work that are not the traditional system. That’s why every week you’ll get new articles sharing everything a traditional MBA should teach you, but for FREE.
Think of it like those “why didn’t they teach me this in business school?” moments neatly packaged and delivered to your inbox every week.
Let’s show the world there are other ways to gain access to valuable information and that we can build alternative ways to network, build skills and solve interesting problems.