Why did we choose the name John Duns Scotus for our institute online? By Simon D’Orlaq

It is irony and let us be frank by provocation that we wanted to demolish the myth of dunce as someone stupid.

However, we firmly believe that it is not because we are not academically educated that we are a dunce.

From Wikipedia sources, a dunce is a person considered incapable of learning. The word is derived from the name of the Scottish Scholastic theologian and philosopher John Duns Scotus, also referred to as Doctor Subtillis, or “Subtle Doctor”, whose works on logic, theology, and philosophy were accepted textbooks in the universities from the fourteenth century.

The followers of Duns Scotus were called the Dunses, Dunsmen, or Scotists. When in the sixteenth century the Scotists argued against Renaissance humanism, the term duns or dunce became, in the mouths of the Protestants, a term of abuse and a synonym for one incapable of scholarship.

Dunces are often comedically shown wearing paper cone hats, known as dunce caps with the word “dunce” or “dumb”, or simply a capitalized “D” on them. Schoolchildren were sometimes compelled to wear a dunce cap and to sit on a stool in the corner as a form of humiliating punishment for misbehaving or for failing to demonstrate that they had properly performed their studies.

That is why our institute in a totally anti-conformist spirit privileges its access to all those who are convinced that being outside the academic path is not an obstacle in itself to achieve being a talented person.

Join our institute whose link you will find at the end of the book. We welcome all those for whom believe that school failure is a stepping stone for a successful life. The John Duns Scotus institute will accompany you, reorient and train you after a school or university failure until the completion of your own life project.

Through a series of online courses you will be accompanied, guided and advised to build your life project until completion, we will prove that failure whatever it is, is a tremendous springboard to achieve a successful project.

You can make your own plan and materialize it in a few months with our assistance until the issuance of your certificate of completion.

Excellence in traditional education is not always the most important thing, we coined the quote; “Life does not stop at a school or university failure, or any form of failure for that matter; on the contrary, it is for many where life really begins.”

Since then, we had made it something of a mission to show others the way to success, through methods which do not involve passing exams at school.

To mark the launch of our website we offer a free guide and also publish the first book of a series whose title is: Academic Failure? A priceless gift from life.

The book explores the myth that education and results gained in a learning environment, such as schools and colleges, is the pinnacle of achievement and is the standard by which we should then be judged for the remainder of our lives.

It starts by looking school failure and cites some notable examples of people who were judged to be failures at school, before going on to do something quite remarkable in life, including people like Thomas Edison, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein.

From there it move on to asking what failure really means, while looking at ways in which we can achieve success after we leave school, reminding the reader that there are a great many things that we learn in life, long after the school bell rings and the gates close for good.

It also examine the steps we can take to maintaining your creativity in spite of failure and why academia is not the answer for all and can actually have a detrimental effect on many.

Our institute will offer next year online courses for those who sincerely wish to go beyond the failures encountered in their lives and who wish to successfully complete a new project.

You can follow us on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/johndunsscotusinstitute/

Or visit our website at:

https://johndunsscotusinstitute.com/

 

Cheers!

Simon D'Orlaq
Simon D'Orlaq is an entrepreneur, an author and a self-made man who was born in the south of France and has lived in Southeast Asia for the past 21 years. He is married, with 2 children and his home has an open-door policy for stray cats.

Simon owns several businesses, but also uses his spare time to good effect, being the founder of a football academy for disadvantaged young people and an NGO which helps unmarried women with children and promotes rural development in Cambodia.

Having found at an early age that excellence in traditional education is not always the most important thing, Simon coined the quote; “Life does not stop at a school or university failure, or any form of failure for that matter; on the contrary, it is for many where life really begins.”

Since then, he has made it something of a mission to show others the way to success, through methods which do not involve passing exams at school.

Simon is, of course, an author as well. He has published one book and is currently working on a fiction novel and a series of fantasy novels. His self-help book Academic Failure: A Priceless Opportunity in Life, also promotes his theories about education, life, failure and success.

When he has time to relax, Simon enjoys horse riding, writing both fiction and non-fiction and participates in the martial art of Kendo. He is also a serial traveler, who has often found himself well off the beaten track.
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