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Measurable Skills and Learning Environments

High school funding and teachers salaries are now based on measurable output in the classroom. This means the system has abandon the development of skills that cannot be measured. Standardized testing is the controlling criteria. Skills that cannot be measured are ignored. The system gives the impression that the classroom is man's ONLY source of education. How did people learn before classrooms were widely available? Eight United States Presidents never finished grade school, yet they learned the skills needed to be president.

Measurable Skills

Skills that Cannot be Measured

Learning Environments Inspire Learning Ability

Acquire knowledge
Memorize ability
Follow orders
Job skills


Today's education system considers academics to be the primary skill needed for job qualification. The system does not consider what can't be measured. Yet, what can't be measured is the secret to being selected.

Example: When hiring, employers select applicants with positive self-esteem. A person with negative self-esteem is of no value to anyone, even with education achievement papers.

A love to learn
Natural talent
Ability to process knowledge
Knowing how to learn
Self-esteem, pride
Motivation, desires
Vision, goals
Research and analytical skills
Instinctive ability
Perceptive insight
Bounce back from failure
Willingness to take risk
Fear control, courage
Communication skills
Problem solving
Time management
Applying technology
Acquire & evaluate information
Ability to get jobs done

Apprentice programs
Team learning
Learning with responsibility
Learning by teaching
Competitive education
Non competitive education
Conflict and debate
Bragging, socializing, peers
Research and analyzing
Risk environments
Trial and error, learn by doing
Interactive environments
Instinctive environments
Nature as an instructor
Leadership styles


A person's ability to acquire knowledge is influenced by the learning environment they are in.

People, who can educate themselves without instructors will do poorly in classrooms. People who do well in classrooms will do poorly in a self-educated environment.

People, who are given responsibility will learn faster than those who only follow orders.

The environment controls the ability and desire to learn. This is different for everyone. More information at Learning Personalities.

My Experience

Bob's Liki Tiki in Tahiti, Argosy, September 1967 My teenage school years were a failure. In my adult years, the failure label became a barrier that needed to be overcome. At the age of 27, I help crew a 36-foot sailboat from Hawaii to Los Angeles, a 30-day voyage. That experience made me realize I was not a failure and had the ability to do things others could not do. In other words, I broke through the limitations other people placed on me. Before this experience, I believed these limitations to be true. A few years later, I was living on the beach in Tahiti building a Polynesian double hull boat named LIKI TIKI, with the goal of sailing it to Hawaii, my teenage dream. Full story.

If I were given high school level academic test at the age of 30, I would still be labeled a failure. I had skills that could not be measured in the classroom and I discovered what they were. My low-level academic skills, by classroom standards, did not prevent me from succeeding once I discovered my natural talent and unique skills.

I am a technician, not an intellectual. I design and build boats, not produce literary art as required in the classroom.  My concepts would never be on paper if it were not for the computer. The computer makes it possible, for people like me, to organize thoughts in a literary format.  For the first time in history, non-intellectuals can publish their concepts from their point of view and influence society.

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