I talked a long time yesterday with a mother, whose daughter was preparing prestigious Business Schools competitive exams…
We agreed on this :
Out of the “knowledge” part, the whole thing is rotten. Most of these 19 years old kids are not ready to be big managers and negotiators. Therefore they have to train to FAKE.
I had conversations before, with guys who organize this kind of stuff.
Logic tests, they say, are so tricky that they’re not used to pick out “logical persons” AT ALL, but to handpick the… guys who are able to train themselves to do stupid logical exercises.
Or with this teacher in a big institute, saying that what, in fact, they train students to look the part – nothing more – for at least 10 minutes, in front of any specialist in the world. You know a little of everything, a surface.
Well, in a way that’s common sense. You swallow knowledge, but in fact you know nothing when you begin 1/ your curriculum 2/ your career. That’s not really a problem, and we all know that we mostly learn on the job, as you go along, with time and meeting people.
At the end we agreed on the fact that all this system will have the tendency to move aside and rule out a whole part of people who could probably be good (or great) for the courses, for the jobs.
Those who don’t like to fake.
Thanks for reading!
Having a 20 year old son currently studying a Business Degree in the UK meant your post hit a chord with me. Currently he thinks many traditional businesses are run badly and of course he’d be able to teach them to do better – of course, we all thought we could rule the world at his age! There’s a lot to learn in life, maybe some can fake it in the beginning, but not all.
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