If You Want to be Rich and Happy - Don't Go to School, by Robert T. Kiyosaki (Excellerated Learning Publishing, $175). Anyone who remembers the gut-churning fear of being put on the spot in a classroom will sympathise with Robert T. Kiyosaki's controversial book, If You Want to be Rich and Happy - Don't Go to School. Kiyosaki argues that the fear of being wrong haunts us all our lives and prevents us from achieving personal happiness and financial success. These fears, he says, will continue to limit the horizons of future generations, unless the education system is radically changed. This book is pro education but anti education system. 'Watching a child go through our education system is like watching a reverse metamorphosis,' Kiyosaki writes. 'In flies a beautiful butterfly and out crawls a caterpillar.' Too many children are made to feel stupid if they don't know the right answer or disagree with it, he says. Yet children learn through their mistakes and by discovering how to think for themselves. His primary criticism is of a system that generates winners and losers in every classroom. 'Instead of being educated, too many children leave school hurt, feeling less smart than others. Only 20 per cent walk away feeling like winners,' the book concludes. Many parents would agree that instead of nurturing a love of learning, schools force children to regurgitate what educators deem important. So, at a time when financial survival is dependent on new information and technologies, many adults are professionally crippled by antiquated educational methods. The author attributes these failings in the US education system to the fact that it was established more than 200 years ago, during relatively stable economic times. He argues that instead of helping children cope with a rapidly changing world, schools do precisely the opposite, as the system has advanced little since the 1700s. He argues that the economic health of a nation is a reflection of its education system, not its political system. Kiyosaki claims money is not the root of all evil, pointing to the hypocrisy of an education system that pressurises its youth to 'be good, study hard and get good grades' in order to secure a good job, and which simultaneously proclaims 'money is not important'. Instead, he says, schools should break away from the shackles of the past and do something they have always shunned - teach people about money and how to make it. Limiting a child's knowledge to a few specialist subjects may be the route to a career as a doctor or lawyer, but it results in many 'less intelligent' students dropping out at 16. Kiyosaki suggests that the introduction of money-making courses will inspire these children to stay in school and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Though it is hard to agree with all of Kiyosaki's radical views, there is little doubt that some of the flaws he has identified in the education system have to be acknowledged. As an alternative to memorising and regurgitating the right answers in exams, he suggests intensive interaction between students, teachers and parents, creating a spirit of teamwork. He argues this would inspire faster learning and more progressive thinking as the whole class cooperates to defeat challenges with new ideas, making everyone a winner. For all his criticism, it is obvious Kiyosaki feels passionately about the joy of learning. But he sees it as a life-long evolutionary process which should not live and die in the classroom.