Let's stop Saying Drop-out

"So I drop out, lessons I was taught are quick to fade, soon as I realized that turning papers in won't get me paid" - Drake.

 

 

In the modern world, the term Drop-out is quite often used pejoratively.  For many, it conjures the image of a person who wasn't capable of completing their school journey due to a lack of brains, money, or drive.  The more enlightened among us know that many students abandon school because they simply have better, more productive things to do with their lives than sit in a classroom.  They leave schools to start producing value, or because they finally realized how much can be learned on the Internet for a fraction of the price.

 

 

These people aren't Drop-outs, they are Opt-outs.  Opt-outs are people who have recognized the problems with schools and have decided they no longer want to participate in such a flawed system.  Some Opt-outs never get on board with conventional school.  Others jump ship during high school.  Still more get to see the flaws and failures of college first hand before choosing to forge their own path.  Choosing to leave the conventional school conveyor belt for something better makes you an Opt-out.

 

 

This post is not meant to say that there is no such thing as a Drop-out, they certainly exist.  What I want you to take away from this, is that anyone who makes a conscious choice to leave or avoid college to pursue their goals should never be tarred with the brush of Drop-out.  From now on I ask that anyone who reads this stop using Drop-out to refer to people like Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, Clair Coder, or any of the thousands of other Opt-outs who are actively creating value.

 

 

Check out Jan Aclan's story about how he went from calling himself a Drop-out, to an Opt-out!

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Andrew Epps