Back in Hill’s day they called it “apprenticeship”. While that term is by no means dead, you might identify with a more modern term, mentoring. It is still, and probably always will be, the most human way to succeed and a most effective way to learn any task or subject.
“Proposing a system of ‘apprenticing’ students in offices, stores and industrial occupations during the summer vacation, Mr. Moore asserts that after the first two or three years of college, every student should be asked ‘to choose a definite future course and to call a halt if he has been merely pleasantly drifting without purpose through an unspecialized academic curriculum.’
“Colleges and universities must face the practical consideration that all professions and occupations now demand specialists,” he said, urging that educational institutions accept more direct responsibility for vocational guidance. One of the most reliable and practical sources of knowledge available to those who need specialized schooling, is the night schools operated in most large cities. The correspondence schools give specialized training anywhere the U. S. mails go, on all subjects that can be taught by the extension method. One advantage of home study training is the flexibility of the study program which permits one to study during spare time. Another stupendous advantage of home study training (if the school is carefully chosen), is the fact that most courses offered by home study schools carry with them generous privileges of consultation which can be of priceless value to those needing specialized knowledge. No matter where you live, you can share the benefits.”
Out Of Infancy
It’s funny to look back and see the roots of some of the most successful and beneficial developments in education and knowledge acquisition. Homestudy and now remote study via the internet have become ideal ways to learn things like wealth creation and other important personal subjects, especially when local access is lacking.
The other important point Hill makes here is that those who find themselves in a wrong course of study or work should not hesitate to right that wrong. Forget about what you “should” do because you have vested time or money, and be true to yourself. In the end, it’s the way to the biggest personal payoff, and to your highest level of personal happiness.
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