From kindergarten on, I did not like going to school. Nobody was too concerned about it though, because it was clear I knew how to learn. After tenth grade, I dropped out, got a GED, took SATs, and went to art school.
Now art school, at least as I’ve heard it described, has a lot in common with taking psychedelics. We were at MECA during an era that was very focused on concept, and very exciting. Boundary pushing was encouraged. There wasn’t a fashion program at the time, so I made a bunch of clothes in the sculpture program, took a lot of philosophy courses, and got high on thoughts.
I don’t have a proposed solution for the problem of school because I’ve never understood the purpose of it: except as a training ground for SOCIAL learning (which was painful to say the least.)
Along these lines, I really enjoyed listening to this podcast, a conversation between Tim Ferriss and Eric Weinstein. It covered some great subjects: free thinking, “bigoteers”, and education. One of the questions posed by Weinstein was (paraphrasing) how do we teach autodidactism?
Which seems to me just like an odd way of looking at it. We teach people to read. And that’s all. Once you can read, you can teach yourself. The question being asked is also: how do you teach people to be self-directed?
No, you can’t teach yourself everything from books, and it’s important to understand the boundaries. It’s not efficient to learn to ride a bicycle from a book. It’s also not efficient to learn a language from a book, but books are excellent supplementary tools. Books are basically the perfect supplementary tools to any project. (This blog is becoming an altar to books….)
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