RIP School Survival Forums
August 2001 - June 2017

The School Survival Forums are permanently retired. If you need help with quitting school, unsupportive parents or anything else, there is a list of resources on the Help Page.

If you want to write about your experiences in school, you can write on our blog.

To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.


The forums are mostly read-only and are in a maintenance/testing phase, before being permanently archived. Please use this time to get the contact details of people you'd like to keep in touch with. My contact details are here.

Please do not make a mirror copy of the forums in their current state - things will still change, and some people have requested to be able to edit or delete some of their personal info.

Post Reply 
Thread Rating:
  • 1 Vote(s) - 5 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Stop Outsourcing Your Credibility by Michael Ellsberg
Author Message
xcriteria Offline

Posts: 3,090
Joined: Oct 2005
Thanks: 814
Given 930 thank(s) in 612 post(s)
Post: #1
Stop Outsourcing Your Credibility by Michael Ellsberg

Excellent video:

Michael Ellsberg - Young People! Stop Outsourcing Your Credibility to Colleges & Universities [7 min]

Review of Ellsberg's "The Education of Millionaires" (includes interviews with successful college drop-outs)
"Ellsberg says that the traditional picture of people dropping out of school, having no career options, and living in a garbage can simply isn’t true. And he backs this up by differentiating between dropping out of school and dropping out of learning."

"Ellsberg is adamant enough about this issue to print the following in full capital letters: “WHEN ARE WE GOING TO START GIVING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BETTER CAREER ADVICE?” And my equally important question is, when are we going to start telling young people what to expect after college?"

College or not, at any age, key questions include: how to go about learning effectively, including motivation; the question of what should one know, how to go about meeting people and establishing relationships, how to find meaningful work situations that can build into something, how to make key life decisions, learn from past ones, and how to credential and market one's self in different respects. And... how to explore things to discover what one is good at. Thoughts?
(This post was last modified: 04-11-2012 03:22 AM by xcriteria.)
04-11-2012 02:54 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Trekkie_Aspie Offline

Posts: 1,151
Joined: Jun 2007
Thanks: 6
Given 120 thank(s) in 87 post(s)
Post: #2
Stop Outsourcing Your Credibility by Michael Ellsberg

Hmm...will watch later. But the problem as of right now is that school-and-universities-has-usual have a monopoly on certification - how do we fix that?

If I seem rude to you, please call me on it gently.
One thing (among many others) school couldn't teach you.

((Google Asperger's Syndrome))

stupid article
12-24-2014 08:02 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 

Forum Jump:

User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Contact Us | School Survival | Return to Top | Return to Content | Mobile Version | RSS Syndication