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I think it's a matter of being up-to-date on the material, which he himself sort of admits to. I learned a great deal of things in high school and college that if I were asked to take a test today I'm fairly sure I would fail. The only way I would pass is if I was able to spend some time to prepare.

But that's the thing, what I got out of my education was HOW TO LEARN a subject.

I'm confident that you could pick nearly any subject that I know little about and, with a proper amount of time, I could become somewhat proficient at it. The level of my ability will, of course, depend upon the subject and various factors to do with me as a person.

Standardized tests are a tricky thing, they are needed to determine a student's progress but at the same time they assume that all students are the same. To me that's the problem with education systems in the US, they assume that they can teach all kids the same thing the same way with the same results.

As a father of two children with completely different personalities, attitudes and interests, I can tell you treating kids as emotionless puppets to force-feed information to is a path to failure.




"I'm confident that you could pick nearly any subject that I know little about and, with a proper amount of time, I could become somewhat proficient at it."

Wouldn't it be fair to say that is basic human nature, not a result of your schooling? I remember already successfully jumping in and picking up new subjects on my own before I even entered high school, and I imagine much of the HN crowd were too.

Though, I admit I may come with some bias. I grew up on a farm where I was out there at a young age trying to solve real problems alongside my father and grandfather. They valued my insight into the problems as much as their own. If learning how to learn is a skill that is taught, that is where I learned it.


Yes, it would be fair. Especially since I did mention the level of ability would be influenced by me as a person. I should have expanded on that.

But, as a human, you do have the ability to learn but a proper education does go a long way in helping you discover how to learn a subject. Instead of goofing around on a subject for ten years when you finally figure it out, a proper education lets you learn the subject much quicker and more efficiently.

After all, as a basic example, it would be rather difficult to learn physics if you can't read the papers written by the smart people who came before you.




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