7 Things They Never Told Me At School – But Could Have

7 Things They Never Taught Me in SchoolBy Paul A. Philips

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

It’s funny, but when asked about things learnt that have served to be the greatest contribution to their lives most people will not mention anything from school days. Have you noticed this? I can say that the things I have learnt which have served as a platform for personal growth did not come from the classroom.

Basically, the education system with its tunnel-minded curriculum frequently taught by blinkered, know-it-all academics, having fallen for the “I’m an expert” trap, is designed to programme young people to fit into boxes: work for corporations (and suchlike) when they graduate. In a way, that means you’re going to have to make up for an absence of really learning about life!

Here are 7 things they never told me at school (but could have).

1. The Importance of Communication 

We were never told about the importance of communication or trained in this area. Essentially, effective communication brings together so many different things and therefore serves as a great life-handling tool for personal achievement: Communication for forming great relationships, teamwork, solving problems, and successful project completions… are all routed in effective communication.

2. Everything is the Expression of Consciousness 

Consistent with the “Laws of Attraction,” life shows up as a consequence of where you are consciously at.  Your thoughts, feelings and emotions, attitude… all contribute to how life ‘shows up’ for you. So, if you don’t like the life you’re living, then change these things. For example, if you find yourself in victimhood circumstances (the symptoms of victim consciousness) then look at where you are consciously at and change these things.

3. Natural Health

Like other schools we had our share of economics teachers, but no one ever told me that the best investment in life you could ever make is in your health. Because of corporate interests, the education curriculum generally focuses only on pharmaceutical approaches when it comes to health. Alternative practitioners and great pioneers with their potentially life-saving approaches based on natural health have been ignored, suppressed or even unjustly ridiculed.

There are 4 things that support good health.

They are: good nutrition, regular exercise, a positive outlook in life and maintaining a clean, stress-free environment where possible. Sadly, these things are not given enough attention. Equally sadly, when many people are told that they have an incurable disease, in their ignorance they fail to make the retrospective connection –  how over the years they have lacked the above 4 things and now have to pay the price as a consequence…

4. Applying Philosophy

The above box represents all the things a person says in one day (or any given time period). The darkened area is the tiny proportion that represents the things a person says that really mean something. Do you see yourself in this model?

In school we never talked that much about the things that really matter in life. No curriculum was ever set up to have conversations or discussions with our teachers on how to handle life effectively – how to deal with life’s recurring problems such as how to make relationships work, or how to address important subjects from a higher perspective… i.e. the things that have significance to all of us. Sadly, most people grow up, possibly out of school habit, seldom talking about life and spending much of their time talking meaningless nah, nah, nah nothings… and look at the result. A world full of people going nowhere in their lives, just like the soap opera characters on TV…

Philosophy doesn’t have to be just mere armchair discussion. It can be used creatively to practically apply ideas in life, hence the empowering phrase ‘applying philosophy’.

5. Being Yourself

You don’t have to just be some corporate cog-in-wheel care of the education system’s grooming. I have learned that being yourself is your biggest strength. More than ever, particularly on the humanitarian front, the world needs people able to think for themselves: innovation and adaptability are keys for world transformation.

Realize that there are other ways, different to an education system that stifles self-expression, creativity and imagination and then churns out well-educated robotic clones unable to really think for themselves. As Albert Einstein once said“Real thinking is to think the unthinkable…” History has shown how the tiny few outside-of-the-box individuals think for themselves and how they have contributed greatly to humanity…

This is what George Carlin had to say about the education system and why it’s so bad:

6. Having a Deep and Genuine Love for Yourself 

How do you expect to have a deep and genuine love flowing out there with your family, friends, groups, communities, the environment or all things spiritual… and then have it return on you when you had not began that deep and genuine love right there with your own self? This is consistent with 2 above that life shows up as a consequence of where you are consciously at.

7. The Past is Your Biggest Enemy in Life

I was never told at school that my past can run me instead of me running it: fear, anxiety or an unwillingness to be creative and adventurous… are the consciousness-destroying operatives here. But YOU are the author of your life…

Because this subject could go into great lengths I’ve decided to make it something for another day. Simpler to say that being in present time, the only place where life exists is something to be cherished and mastered.

Yes, there were other things they never taught me at school but I’ll leave it there, at least for now.

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About the author:

My blogs, articles and videos and my related alternative news/natural health website NewParadigm.ws are my stand for the possibility of creating a world that makes a difference for everyone. I graduated in biomedical sciences. My website is slanted on health matters and exposes the related deceptions…

However, over the years I have come to the firm conclusion that just about every subject under the sun needs redefining using more truthful, honest and integral approaches in theory and practice, hence the name ‘New Paradigm’. From these new approaches, from the ‘imagination of ourselves,’ from our visions – a ‘new era’ in humanity can result!

Please visit NewParadigm.ws for more.


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  • DramaAddiction

    Thank you very much for your opinion Mr.Phillips, but as I read your article I have to say I disagree with the majority of it. I do agree that school has taught people to think more inside the box. Students are taught how to take a test and pass it rather then to learn. The majority of schools treat grades higher then effort and that is why cheating is so high (I can say that sincerely because when I was in high school it was known that everyond in the top 10% cheated and thoughs students were majority teachers kids that the teachers turned a blind eye to the cheating). Communication is not a huge factor, and yes I know speech is required. But speech teaches you nothing in high school. However, we were all taught how to be healthy and were cared about that way whether or not we realized it. Athletics was a required class, cafeterias had only “acceptable” food, health classes were required teaching all about stuff some immature students were not ready for. Now I do understand all schools were not like mine (though growing up I was homeschooled, in private school, and public schools) but my teachers pushed us to be independent. They also taught people there circumstances do not rule them, but that they can rule over them. People who lived in poor families were sent backpacks full of food to eat during the weekend. Teachers offered students a home to live in (one of my teachers offered swimming classes to a girl without a father figure and a mother who abused her so she could become a lifeguard during the summer to get money for herself). That is my opinion and I mean no offense, thank you.

  • x_ray_tech

    Most or all of these things listed are things parents should be teaching their children, not leaving it up to teachers along the way in a child’s life. A school should then support those (what used to be the basic) morals of humanity and decency (what the child should be learning extensively at home). The reason our society is crumbling is because these things have been left up to the so called educational system and the wrong people have taken great advantage of that. In fact one such person said in an interview a few years ago, “Children do not belong to the parents, they belong to ‘all’ of us.” Liberal and communist speak.
    Let’s get back to schools “educating” our kids. Leave it up to parents to “raise” them how THEY see fit.