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With Traditional Schooling Increasingly Obsolete, How To Learn Without Being Taught

gwharpo Wrote: Jun 24, 2012 9:40 AM
Back in the days of door to door salesmen a man knocked on our front door one day selling encyclopedias. Usually my dad would not talk to these people. He resented the intrusion. For some reason he let this man in and 45 minutes later had signed a contract (unnecessary credit was another thing he did not believe in) for "The Book of Knowledge, The Book of Popular Science, and Lands and People". I learned ten times more from those books than K-12. My brother was five or six and I was eight or nine. Those books became my private tutor until I left for the military.

It’s odd how many people take my skepticism about college and try to twist it into an opposition to learning. But like the quote often attributed to Mark Twain, “I never let schooling interfere with my education.”

Here’s a radical idea worth contemplating: that school is not the best way to learn. Let me count the ways:

School fragments knowledge in the name of specialization. The problem that I run into most when advising businesses and...