31 thoughts on “Self Education and the Dropout Stigma | Andrew Morris | [email protected]

  1. Great video … when people is young
    The government get you with giant loans that people finishing school is not able to pay because they don’t find job well pay
    Great video

  2. I finished highschool (top quarter) but my grades were really bad comparatively. I had a +C average and could not find the motivation to me interested in anything half my teachers were talking about. I was a smart kid, I am good at figuring things out and public speaking is my greatest talent, calculus and biology….not so much. So after my 4 years of highschool I decided that I was going to go to college, I was going to be the first member of my family to go to college and graduate. I was the smart grandkid, I was the one they all thought was going to be a super genius with full ride scholarships….I applied under an education major to my dream school and managed to get in (not because of grades mind you but because of essays and an automatic acceptance SAT score). I get there and my whole family was supporting me (even my mom who throughout highschool would constantly ridicule me about my grades, which is a fair statement because they weren’t the best but in my mind it was only because it had nothing to do with my future) and I applied under an education degree. My plan was to go in under an education degree and get a masters in the subject so I could teach the next generation of teachers. I wanted to help students like me because I knew I was a terrible student. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, my goal was to be John Keeting from Dead Poets Society……I had to drop out after the first year. The school was extremely difficult (the 2nd most competitive school in my state) and had an academic policy where if any student fell below a +C average they would be put on probation and if they didn’t raise their cumulative GPA above that average….they would be removed from the school. It is/was tough (I am writing this a week after my final grades were in). I’m sorry for the long winded comment but here is what I am trying to get at….I am going to a junior college and I’m not sure what to do. All I know is that somewhere down the line I am going to help people, I want to make a difference. This helped me a lot, this is actually giving me the motivation to move forward with my plans and to figure out what I am doing with my life. Thankyou for reading 🙂

  3. I became passionate about computers at a crazy young age as well (created websites in 6th, built a computer in 8th, etc). I think having passion for what you do is the most important point here. I didn’t have to “discipline” myself, when I got home, I’d just do it because that’s what I wanted to do. And I wouldn’t realize until many years later just how far ahead of everyone else I was because of all that.

    Not trying to take anything away from the, speaker or advice, props to you man that is awesome! (Wish I would have been in that bar too) Agree with everything but the “dropping out” part, which I think worked out for him because he was lucky enough to be passionate about the right field at the right time. IT has more self-education resources available than any other out there, we were the ones who invented Google after all.

    I did okay in school, and by the time I was a junior, I was actually looking up courses you need to take for the Computer Science major, simply giddy at the thought of “after this class, I’ll be able to code this and do that”. And I did love each course, learning way more, than I ever thought I would. Even if there were a couple useless courses along the way, your still “learning how to learn” by forcing yourself to gain knowledge you need to do something (like pass a test). In hindsight, I am very glad I had the opportunity to go. Anyway, just felt like sharing my perspective. Follow your passion, but also be weary of letting your career steal your passion.

  4. I dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. Now I'm just about done with a bach degree in computer science. It was way harder than it could have been if I had just stayed in high school. But I'll admit, it was worth it. Not taking the appropriate math courses in high school meant I now had to teach myself everything up and including calculus. I did it. Passed the CLEP exam for calculus 1. As I started calculus 2 (my first semester in college), I was floored by how well I knew the material when compared to other students. I guess there is something to be said about learning something because you want to as opposed to learning it because you are required to.

  5. I was a bit judgemental until I realised he spoke from the heart and experience. No notes to smooth it up, no prompters…. just him and the audience. Respect Mr Andrews.

  6. I only finished high school because I hated myself. Seriously high school made me hate society and life because it was this supposedly mandatory route of social acceptance and success. I still remember how crappy it was with all the fake tans and fake grading system. Fucking system can't build another building in the middle of the most inflated real estate in the northeast, and still doesn't have a cap or limit on the number of students it enrolls. Fucking fire and police system that can't see what kind of zoo the school has become. I have been forever traumatized by the sheer bullshit I put up with for little to no payoff -and yes I didn't go to a 4 year college like nearly everyone else did. The real issue may have been a serious learning problem but the thing is I was so intense and so compelled to charge ahead that a tedious mind numbing process was a real barrier to self growth. Also I didn't feel a need to succeed in my education career, to compete with peers…I felt confused about how absolutely time wasting a lot of education was…and I'm still angry about the years of meaningless drudgery I went through…but at the end of the day there has to be a silver lining.

  7. For me, school sucked away my passion, curiosity, and wonder and left me a dry, empty husk. So I quit. But I forgot that I have to somehow pump all the life back into that husk. That has proved to be most difficult and trying.
    It is only now, after dropping out of school that I realized that skills like discipline and focus, which were never deemed important enough to learn, are truly vital.
    Anyhow, good talk. You're an inspiration.

  8. Man, the last four minutes are what really make this speech phenomenal. If you are in the first ten minutes of the video, this TED talk might not be able to a rouse your appreciation for the speaker, but the last 4 mins is what got my attention. Andrew talks about how failure is our best friend and how it is so undervalued. Failing teaches you a bunch of new things, basically, it's an opportunity to learn. And that hiccup at the end of the video, that just might bring a smile to your face. This talk has it's own beauty, if you are willing to appreciate it.

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