(by reader identified only to me)
As my regular readers know, I am open to publishing "Guest Posts" from readers, even where I don't always agree. It keeps the blog alive. I decided, "why not?" and I'm publishing this guest post although I disagree with the logic behind nearly each assertion.
I have run into this line of thinking over and over again (both inside and outside of the frum world, a la Rich Dad, Poor Dad) and figure a healthy discussion might be of use. I am saving my own commentary for an upcoming post. (Which can be hard to do because I have very strong feelings regarding the subjects at hand! But I do have a carpool line to get in soon).
Additionally, I have another guest post on the subject of Jews, Jobs, and Employment. Watch for it in the coming days!
Question: are we BTs in the corporate/professional world falling prey to the "get good education/grades = get a good job = get a good salary = good lifestyle & retire" mentality?
In other words - there is a POV which says that w/o a proper secular education, BTs aren't seeting their FFB kids up for financial success - before we get into that - look at the above equation - that is an employee mindset - what about the entrepreneur mindset?!
The question really is - do we want to raise our kids with a employee mindset? If so, then secular education is a must [although it could still be argued]. I would propose that if we really want to set our kids up for financial success - teach them an entrepreneurial mindset! Why?
#1 - it doesn't require an MBA.
requires a knack/skill for how to create & deliver value
employees only get rich on IPOs, stock options, etc - that died with the .com bust.
employees can be financially comfortable - but @ what cost to work/life balance?
#3 - it seems the entrepreneur path:
is most like the traditional "old world" Jewish professions: baker, blacksmith, wagon driver, farmer, etc
avoided secular education & anti-semitic issues
frum education teaches the linear & critical thinking skills necessary for entrepreneurship
math & english can easily be made up for as an adult - look at people from India, China etc who have ESL - english as a 2nd language - its true they know math & science, but I believe they are taught how to think vs the American secular system which emphasizes memorization.
the secular world advocates the advantages of entrepreneurship.
they are now saying the rules have changed - the formula of "get good education/grades = get a good job = get a good salary = good lifestyle & retire" is "old school" & has changed thanks to the advent/advancement of technology and the global economy.Back to an employee mentality - there are many skills that can be learned [programming, networking, graphic arts, plumbing, electrical engineering, etc] where the FFB could get a BA from an accredited Yeshiva - then either apprentice [plumber, electrician] or self learn [[programming, networking, graphic arts] with a sort of certification attached.
I believe the economic downfall is due to a lack of entrepreneurship - we forgot how to provide real value [another article unto itself
in summary- our "Orthonomic" challenges would be solved if:
we taught our children how to be entrepreneurs.
taught proper saving habits, living beneath your means [get rid of keeping up with the Goldbergs mentality] & no credit cards [except for emergency [tow car example]].
reduced the costs of simchas to a set $$$ amount in a community
created virtual learning to reduce tuition costs