The education system in the West is broken.
Education costs a fortune.
Little of what you learn in formal education is useful in the real world.
Formal education is more about teaching obedience than imparting knowledge.
Young people are increasingly infantilised rather than led towards self-sufficiency.
The purpose of education should be to ensure that individuals are happy, self-sufficient, and socially useful.
Because if you’re materially successful but unhappy, that counts as a failure in our book.
Because if you can’t look after yourself, you can’t be of any use to yourself or anyone else.
Because we live in an interdependent society where we all benefit by seeking win-win exchanges with each other.
Welcome to the education of the future.
At Universal Owl, we believe that it is possible to define meta-skills — in other words skills behind skills — that have been universally valuable for all of recorded history and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. These meta-skills help individuals succeed in life, no matter their chosen path.
It’s time for education to be taken out of the ivory tower with all of its expensive, useless, academic theories. Learning meta-skills should be the focus of education.
To achieve this, we will:
1. Publish exceptionally valuable free content that would have helped us when we were young adults.
2. Create world-class online courses that take people further than the free content. (Coming Autumn 2020)
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In the real world, nobody cares about exams, grades, or any of that nonsense. We want people who have practiced and improved their craft, and the only way to measure that is through action.
Think your entry level job in sales or retail is a waste of time? It’s actually teaching you incredibly valuable life skills — skills even universities have forgotten how to teach.
There are some people who think that problems in the education system can only be solved by political means. We disagree.
This project is strictly non-political. We will avoid commenting on the politics of education as far as possible.
We believe that involving politics in the education of young people causes more problems than it solves.