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An Iranian schoolboy story


I heard an interesting story the other day I wanted to share. The man who told me this story is probably in his early 40’s and was born in Iran. He is currently a businessman in Virginia. He is an intelligent and knowledgable guy, and I asked him what he had studied in College. He told me he never went to College and that he had hated school. 

The reason he hated  school so much while growing up was because the teachers did not treat the students the same way and he had to sit in the back of the classroom. He grew up during the Shah years and his father was an air conditioning technician for the Iranian Air Force. Several of his classmates’ fathers were high ranking officers or pilots, and the teachers gave these kids special attention and privileges. Kids like him could not even leave the classroom if they needed to use the bathroom, while the kids who had more status could basically do whatever they pleased.

This man decided at an early age that he would make money by working hard and never work for anyone else.  He is now successful and an example that sometimes a bad experience at school creates entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, not every child who hates school does well in life.  Education is still the best bet against poverty. Like my grandfather used to say: “you can lose money, you can lose status, but no one can take away your degree”.


February 22, 2010 - Posted by | Difference between cultures, Society

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