Book review: Why students ‘C’ employs ‘A’, government hire ‘B’

School and the education sector fail to recognise the potential in some students atimes. This book claims to be the most important book the author, Robert Kiyosaki, has ever written. It may very well be true as this book is about the future of today’s children.

Kiyosaki is known as the author of the bestselling book, Rich Dad Poor Dad – known as one of the best personal finance books of all time.

In this new book, Kiyosaki tackles issues relating to:

  • The status of our schools when it comes to the subject of money.
  • How students in schools today are programmed to be workers for the rest of their lives
  • The influential role of parents and what they can do to give their children an advantage.

Unlike past books which were self-focused, Robert steps aside here to focus on others – the next generation of adults. Many people today want to be their own bosses, but very few will actually jump at the opportunity to be entrepreneurs. According to Kiyosaki, the underlying cause of this is – fear. Fear of losing job security. Sadly, schools use fear to teach children today.

As sending a child to school gets more and more expensive, ironically, it’s still not enough to guarantee their success once they enter adulthood. That’s why parental roles are more important now than ever.

Students ‘A’ refer to those who did well in school only to end up as underpaid employees later in life.

While students ‘C’ refer to those who were not academically inclined but later became capitalists, business owners or employers themselves; “B” students tend to work for government-type of jobs.

Points From The Book:

I like how this book is very interactive. Don’t be intimidated by its thickness. It’s got big text, lots of pictures and simple drawings to make confusing subjects appear simple.

On the side of most pages are dialogue boxes of relevant trivia. At the end of every chapter is also an Action Step for Parents which provides practical suggestions on how to impart financial knowledge to children.

Robert has a style of simplifying. He poses questions like, how many sides does a coin have? Many would say two – heads or tails. From this perspective, there’s only two sides to the story, only one right answer. If you don’t get it, then you’re wrong.

But in real life, there are many answers. A coin has not just two sides but three – the edge. Robert creates this image to define financial intelligence – when you can stand on the edge of the coin and are able to see multiple perspectives and decide what’s best.

This book serves to give you a “feel good” sensation about investing and personal wealth growth without taking into account that most people’s lives contrary.

Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out ‘Es’- Employees i.e. the students ‘A’ who read well, memorize well and test well… and not the creative thinkers, visionaries and dreamers -entrepreneurs-in-the-making… those ‘C’ students who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications and products.

The audiobook urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids’ letter grades (good grades might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole)

Instead, they should focus on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius, their special gift.

The path they can pursue with love and true passion. Kiyosaki showcases success stories of ‘students C’ who grew up to be phenomenal successes –and HIRED those ‘students A’ (attorneys, accountants, and other school-smart specialists) to work in their businesses.

Meanwhile, Robert believes that the more average students -‘students B’- often find themselves in government-type jobs.

Not surprisingly, Kiyosaki will coin his own definitions of what “A”, “B”, and “C” stand for as he gives parents and their children bits of wisdom as well as insights and tools for navigating an ever-changing world, an Information Age where the ability to change and adapt, understand relationships, and anticipate the future will shape their lives.

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  • Blessing Agunloye is a student studying Chemistry Education. I have a strong passion for Media and Communications. I'm passionate about being a change maker in my society and helping youths and teenagers discover their purpose. I love creativity and innovation.

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