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What They Forgot to Teach You at School

The School of Life, Alain de Botton

5 mins

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The current educational system leaves us unoriginal, unambitious, and emotionally illiterate, but with The School of Life, we can change that.


What They Forgot to Teach You at School

What They Forgot to Teach You at School

by The School of Life


Pythagoras, geology, the periodic table. Once we're adults, we reflect on school and think 'why on earth did I learn that?' We should also be asking: Why on earth didn't I learn this?

The true roadblocks in our adult lives seem to test skills that are never mentioned in all our years of education. We're usually taught about the French Revolution or trigonometry, rather than how to choose the right job or how to repair broken relationships.

The School of Life's mission is to teach people how to lead more fulfilling lives through developing emotional intelligence. Using books, films, classes, and products, The School of Life seeks to help people achieve connections, self-understanding, and resilience.

Despite the realization in adulthood that much of our education was a waste, we perpetuate the same archaic academic cycle. It's time to break free.

Favorite quote

Schooling is sold to us as a preparation for the whole of existence. But of course ... it is an education in how to thrive within its own profoundly peculiar rules — with only a tenuous connection to the world beyond.

- The School of Life

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