December 20th, 2000

Lord Yupa

Schools suck.

This was originally a comment on a journal entry, but I wrote enough I figured I'd post it here, too. Schools were somewhat on my mind after something that I caught in a post by revjim, which referenced this post. This entry is not about the one revjim referenced, though. I'll leave the comments on that to others, for now.

Brad said:
stupid school.
I learn more when I'm not in it.
I've been learning tons of cool shit the past week.

It's almost rather sad, isn't it?

I realized the same thing a couple years ago when I got my first job doing computer related stuff. After 6 months working there, I thought about it, and concluded that I'd honestly learned more in 6 months of working part time, than I had in my entire college career to that point (3 years of school).

Someone should really sit down and analyze how schools teach, why they do it as they do, and what they could do to improve it. Far too many schools do nothing but waste most of your time, and force you to regurgitate a few facts for them.

There is also far too many teachers who don't understand the difference between memorizing and learning. They are, in fact, two very different things.

For example: I could tell you how to drive, and you could memorize the manual that comes with your car, as well as the driving information provided by the DMV.

However, that does *not* mean you've learned how to drive. You've memorized the facts on how driving is done, but you haven't learned it. The first time you sit down at a car, you're going to screw up, and prolly screw up big (Especially if it's a manual transmission;-).

Oh, well. With the exception of a few unusually gifted, and rare, teachers, things prolly won't change. The purpose of schools isn't really to help us learn, in my opinion, it's to simply mold us into good little members of society. . .
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Debian Community.

As a faithful user and lover of Debian, I've set up a debian user and developer livejournal community.

It's open membership and posting to anyone. If you'd like to join the Debian community, just click here. ;-)
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Slashdot story posting.

Nifty. I got another story posted on Slashdot today. This one is in regards to the recent release of Princess Mononoke on DVD. ;-)

There's a LiveJournal write-up I did on it here.

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