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The Time to Mine for Gold Is Now

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The Time to Mine for Gold Is Now

By Linda Dobson

GoldBars schoolingPlease join me for a moment and think back to your schooling. Do you recall an over-arching message throughout the 12-17 years of all the lessons, talks, and goals of the time? If you’re like most, the folks in charge of “educating” you stated – repeatedly – that you want to do well with your schooling because when you do well with your schooling you will be allowed into college and then you’ll be able to make more money when you get a job.

It was only a couple of generations ago that the message became shared equally with the females: you, too, want to do well with schooling and be allowed into college and then you, too, will be able to make more money when you, of course, get a job. And many, many women heeded the message, proudly joining the workforce, too. A large majority of able-bodied adults got the message and spend a great deal of time and energy mining for that promised external gold.

Who Benefits from Your Schooling?

You may have thought the schooling + college + job = money + good life approach was to serve your needs. Constantly bombarded by media messages telling you “buy this thing and you’ll be happy” and “you can’t live without this thing (that all your neighbors have, by the way) and “you really need this thing if you expect to climb the ladder so you can get more money to buy more and bigger things.”

The schooling + college + job = money + good life approach was not created for you. It’s a merry-go-round created for the benefit of industry (to keep you working as an employee and keep you purchasing as a consumer), for the benefit of bankers (happy to hold your money, invest your money, and give you credit – at a price – for your still unearned money), and for the benefit of government (the more taxpayers, the merrier).

“Schooling” that Works for You

What percentage of your “educators” spoke with you about mining for the internal gold you already possess? About the fact that a happy life encompasses your passions, your skills, your heart? About how a good job making the big bucks can be a goal, but it’s far from being the only goal? About how all of the time and energy spent mining the external gold are time and energy not spent in other directions, including mining the internal gold that serves you?

Dear parents, as the inevitable collapse of that external gold looms on the horizon, it’s more important than ever to steal as much time as possible away from that merry-go-round and focus on internal gold. The time to mine for that gold is now.

It’s time to think about how to take complete responsibility for the children you love. Yes, the schools are falling apart already with ever larger classes, ever more standardized tests, and ever shrinking budgets. It’s going to get much, much worse. Rather than join your community’s panic when one day the school doors don’t open, you can begin preparing now. Now is the time to mine for the internal gold that will help you take full responsibility for your family in every aspect, and that includes learning how to educate your children before, not during, a crisis.

The time to mine for gold is now.

See also “Your Child’s Education: The Buck Stops Here
Linda’s The Art of Education: Reclaiming Your Family, Community and Self, is now an e-Book and just $4.99. Pick up one for yourself or a family with children that you love.



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3 Responses to “The Time to Mine for Gold Is Now”

  1. S Stone says:

    you know, I hear this but I am not totally convinced. I TRULY believe that if I did not have the grades I had, I would not have been able to go Lowell High (a school any kid in San Francisco could go to, if they had at least a 3.4) where I had really great teachers. My sister also went to Lowell. My 2 brothers did not. Both my sister and I are still afloat and my 2 brothers are both in and out of treatment centers and homeless. Our district school wasn't good at all, people got knifed and beaten up & I'd had plenty of that by the time I got to high school. Because I had good teachers, I learned how to play the grade game and that is the ONLY way I got through Nursing School while supporting myself. And Nursing school is what enabled me to make enough to buy a home; I spent some time as a single mom living in shelters and even my car and NEVER AGAIN. I think once you get past bare survival, benefits to making MORE than that could be a rat race but I KNOW I beat some odds by playing the school game well. And even then its not all that easy, its just POSSible.

    • grandma_linda says:

      Hi, S. Stone,
      Yes, it's possible to survive the rat race…it's also possible to skip it. (You're talking to someone who graduated w/ National Honor Society recognition and, having learned the game, did so while skipping more school than attending.) My heart goes out to your brothers…there are far too many people homeless today who didn't deserve what the politicians have done to their lives. While I don't hold out a lot of hope that the economy will recover (look at the debt!), I hope they find people in their lives who help them get what little there is out there to get. Many many thanks for your reading…and I really appreciate you taking the time to write.

  2. Beverley says:

    One of the things that saddens me most about public schools is that it often comes down to simply luck as to who gets 'good' teachers or not. 'Good' teachers give kids the chance of making it through with their self-esteem intact. And for those that can afford it, there is always the option of private school, but again that is no guarantee of success and it still comes down to if you get 'good' teachers or not. Not getting 'good' teachers encourages kids to skip schools, and then the kid or skipping school is blamed for the lack of education – not the poor quality of the teaching experience or lack of adequate learning resources in the school!

    Education shouldn't be like this – children start off bright as buttons and too many are dulled by their school experiences. Yes, many (like myself) shine brightly but even then I carry a few overachieving scars and mixed messages from my school days.

    I thoroughly enjoyed school, and liked home life too, but I home educated my children. It was cheaper than private school and I knew I'd always do my best to give my kids the education they deserved. Home education took 'luck' out of the equation for me.

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