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    Question Schooling vs. Experience

    Nothing beats teaching yourself the online world by reading and researching the web. So many kids now are going to school and all learning the same thing as everyone else. They aren't learning to think for themselves or create new dynamic ideas which I find the internet business is all about. Going to school and learning the basics is fine but with everyone learning the same thing and producing the same outcome seems to lead to a dead end.

    What has everyone on here done to get them where they are today and are you happy with your decisions?

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    I graduated high school with top honors in math, science, and just about everything else. Straight A's all of the time. I was a leading student with fantastic projects and inventions. I went to college and did the same thing, but didn't finish because of illness. (which is why I started writing and building websites)

    My girlfriend is one of the people who is intelligent but doesn't do well with a physical school. She made great grades and everything, but switched to homeschooling so she could teach herself the things she wanted to learn. She's so far ahead of her peers in her age range because of that choice.

    Of course, experience and schooling are both equally important. You don't need a physical building to learn though. Learning is something you should always do and take with you everywhere you go. Read books, do your own projects, study what you love, and continue to expand your mind. So many folks go to school and forget what they know. That's a lot of money spent on nothing.

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    Depends on what you are talking about? For webdesign and graphics the experience would be of higher value.

    For running a business, the schooling is more important.

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    I'm supporting experience all the way. Schooling might make you a good webmaster (or any other profession), but what gives you the edge? Why people should choose you instead of thousands others out there?

    I guess, experience kicks into play then.

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    There's plenty of cases where college drop-outs rise above the fold. But the bottom line is the average MBA is more successful than a high school dropout.

    A webmaster doesn't require any specific education. So I agree with you that the ability is the most important.

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    For me schooling is just the foundation, Experience on the other hand nurtures it to be even more greater; or it can be vice versa.

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    Without schooling, you'll never fully utilize any experience and therefore it will fall upon deaf ears, wasted and useless. You must obtain an education and learn about what it is you want to do, gather as much information as you can - then, when you're ready, start getting experience and participating in that field. You'll be able to understand and appreciate it more that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post
    Without schooling, you'll never fully utilize any experience and therefore it will fall upon deaf ears, wasted and useless. You must obtain an education and learn about what it is you want to do, gather as much information as you can - then, when you're ready, start getting experience and participating in that field. You'll be able to understand and appreciate it more that way.
    Correct. An MBA goes a long way.

    But on the other hand you can learn html, css, php etc on your own without schooling.

    A child can learn a foreign language without schooling and an adult can go to college to learn it. The child will be the native speaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stacytaylora View Post
    Nothing beats teaching yourself the online world by reading and researching the web. So many kids now are going to school and all learning the same thing as everyone else. They aren't learning to think for themselves or create new dynamic ideas which I find the internet business is all about. Going to school and learning the basics is fine but with everyone learning the same thing and producing the same outcome seems to lead to a dead end.

    What has everyone on here done to get them where they are today and are you happy with your decisions?

    Right. In schools now every subject is nationalized so every classroom is teaching the same thing, and giving out the same books. (They have to know or will lose their job.) The teachers have to follow this curriculum now, unlike before where teachers could put their spin and perspective on what they were teaching. There not allowed do to that anymore. So after their done and go into their field on interest all knowing the same thing. That doesn't lead to quality but more of the same, and the same way to do it. No unique touch? Like take a computer course on webdesign. The book and curriculum will tell the teachers to say to only use Dreamweaver for building pages. Is that necessarily right? I don't use dreamweaver. I learned to use what suited me. (Notepad++) If I were I teacher I would teach my students to use notepad+, but the curriculum would say Nope you have to teach them to use dreamweaver!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stacytaylora View Post
    What has everyone on here done to get them where they are today and are you happy with your decisions?
    Experience is so key. If you are running a business I don't think you need schooling in much beside accounting maybe. Or maybe that is just me, because I have always been interested in business and learning from an early age.

    But for employees you hire, experience and education are both important. There are some jobs I would never hire someone who didn't have college degree. Some people view that strange, since I didn't finish college. But again, maybe that's just what works for me.

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