How come the black community doesn't champion this guy? He's one of the most brilliant minds.
I'm from Zimbabwe and have followed Dr. Sowell for a while. This guy is one of the greatest minds of our time. His truths are universal. If only there was a way of making him a must read for all high school students
This is so true, in my younger years I was in the low income bracket that eventually made my way into the lower middle class, I thought partying was more important than anything else, it took me till my late 30s - 40s where I stopped blaming everything else for my problems and took personal responsibility for myself and stepped up to the plate and started my own business and I'm better for it over a decade later, but is wasn't easy. The choices you make now will determine your future.
Truth, truth, and more truth. The extent of which individuals are increasingly finding more and more excuses to rid themselves of responsibility/accountability amazes me just as much as more and more of society is accepting these excuses
When personal responsibility is negated then all society does after that is destroy itself
Interesting how much of the "improvements" that can be made on a society are deemed part of a collective area. Improving education, healthcare, employment etc yet many of those changes are up to individuals within them. Teachers can be well funded and lazy, students can have all the opportunities and still not work. Dr's can have all the time and training and still be incompetent, patients can have money for expensive private care and still ignore little things. Jobs might be available but are the fulfilling, pay enough, or provide growth opportunity. Just providing more of something to people doesn't improve outcomes.
It's not the years - it's the mileage!
Dr. Sowell is an international treasure. I believe there are two types of people in the world: Those who make a mess, and those who clean up after them. I’m done cleaning up after irresponsible people and the Government should be done too.
I once came across the phrase. " cognitive dissonance". Its well established by many tests, that people want to have their choices reinforced. To be justified They don't seek for any information, that might tend to suggest, that they,as individuals made poor choices.
Has been the smartest man in the country for decades !
This man has the ability to express reasonable thinking that I know it's true but am unable to express it myself.
As always, the voice of reason. Thank you so much, Dr. Sowell!
Here in France, we have students saying that we should abolish the rating system to give a better chance to succeed for everyone and on top of that, give a monthly salary to students despite the fact that the education budget of France has doubled in the last 20 years and yet the quality of education kept getting worse and worse since 2000.
How much do you desire knowledge? How dedicated are you to taking responsibility for all of the factors that make up the educational experience? You control your destiny. The sooner you understand that, the better. Sincerely, a bad student
I told my daughters that education is a gift you give yourself. All anyone else can do is make it available.
"The great escape of our times is the escape from personal responsibility for the consequences of one's own behavior." People make choices. Actions have consequences. Six words. That's all it takes to define life on this planet. After that you're simply jumping into a rabbit hole to argue and debate over who to blame and why it is always somebody else's fault that your life sucks.
This is such a wonderful video. I've been tutoring online for five years, and I work with students from many different schools, education levels, and backgrounds all over the United States. I am not a perfect teacher, nor do I pretend to be one, but for each student, I do my very best to try to give them the most help and the best resources I can in the limited time I have with them. If they don't understand the information I'm offering, I try to readjust my strategy to match their learning style and keep their interest. But I have certainly experienced students who just don't want to learn, no matter how hard I try to encourage them and connect with them. Often, they are the ones who just want me to tell them the answers they need, and they don't want to know how they can find those answers for themselves.
I have also seen a difference between school systems - for instance, sometimes I will see assignments from students who are all in the same class or school, and they all have the same strengths and weaknesses. That seems to suggest to me that there are certain things being taught well for that group, and that there are certain things being taught poorly for that group. In a similar vein, as an overall trend, students who are home schooled are generally more advanced compared to those from public schools.
By far, though, students who might have some disadvantages in the education system, but they still want to work hard and learn, do much better than those who might have all the advantages possible, but they aren't interested in learning.
The worst part is that when a society decides to allow irresponsible people to escape the consequences of their actions, it unavoidably burdens those who have acted responsibly, and eventually the responsible people give up because taking responsibility will only produce negative consequences for them.
We need more thinkers like Thomas Sowell.
Wish somebody had explained this to me back in school. Waisted to much of my time, and now I'm undereducated as a result of my own willful ignorance, but I work hard so I'm not broke. It's funny, only after I left school and got into the world did I end up wanting to learn.