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education is wasted on the young

Posted by alexandra_k on March 6, 2020, at 14:21:09

Anybody remember that saying?

I think the idea was that many people grew up to feel that they actually had pretty good teachers, at school trying to teach them pretty decent stuff, but that they weren't in the place where they were receptive to the teaching.

They had other things on their minds.

Whether it be that it was cold or they were hungry. Or that they were more interested in getting that girl to talk to them or more interested in getting that boy to stop beating on them...

Point is, there of often a... Reminscence... Fondly. For the actual educational aspects of schooling.

I don't understand why it's that f*ck*ng hard to have adult systems of education (actually all system of education) be about educating people who *want to learn*.

Instead we have classes stuffed full of people who just want the piece of paper. Thing in the newspaper, even, about students pretending to learn. Teachers pretending to teach. Only pretending to fairly (objectively) examine, too, of course. Combination of poorly designed tests and unfair and inconsistent grading.

So much squabbling and scrapping over what goes in vs out of the curriculum, too.

I was always curious about how people who work in the sciences often 'retire into' the arts. Especially things like Philosophy. I was always curious about how / why it was that these people who didn't seem stupid (and who clearly weren't stupid in their scientific fields) would write about philosophy without... Without having done undergraduate philosophy. So... Writing about theory of conscienceness, typically. But also things like free will. Without having learned from the curriculum.

It's like how you get people, sometimes, trying to come up with theories of everything, or whatever, without having done any physics.

Lots of medical doctors do these sorts of things when they retire, is what I'm thinking on. THink that they are in the position to judge the arts and provide merit scholarships and so on.

I feel sad that they didn't get to do the Arts Degree they probably wanted to.

I don't understand why they don't use their retirement to do these things.

Oh yeah, they don't actually want to do it. They are fan-boys of it.

Sort of.


When I said I wanted to go to Medical School... Didn't want to do philosophy...

Not a single person said 'me too'. 'Lets see if we can figure this out'.

Everybody just hunkered down: You can't.




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