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Thanks for this. This is telling, though not very surprising.

When I asked Noam Chomsky to provide an example of a great polymath from history, he gave the example of his uncle from the 1930s who he said never went passed fourth grade! "He was one of the most widely educated people I've ever seen", he said.

You're right, the current education system in general (there are exceptions, of course) delivers the opposite of what it should. Education has become a tedious, meaningless, often painful exercise which suppresses human potential rather than unlocking it.

We must revert to the basic questions about education: what is its purpose supposed to be? Who benefits and how? What are the most effective tools and methods to achieve this? Ken Robinson has a lot to say about this (I also interviewed him for the book).

Autodidactic (self) learning is often an approach polymaths have taken over history (out of choice or necessity). So either we revolutionise the education system or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson suggested, simply 'Trust thyself"...

Thanks again.

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Re: Questions for November AoM 188 Susan Doris 07-Nov-19 08:28
Just got your book on my kindle 182 greengirl5 07-Nov-19 11:17
Re: Just got your book on my kindle 190 Waqas 07-Nov-19 12:11
Polymath 192 drrayeye 07-Nov-19 18:27
Re: Polymath 188 Waqas 08-Nov-19 00:22
Re: Polymath 167 drrayeye 11-Nov-19 20:33
Re: Polymath 158 Susan Doris 12-Nov-19 06:00
Shakespeare 187 seanoffshotgun 08-Nov-19 00:56
We are seriously dumbed-down in general 229 PB Bytes 08-Nov-19 02:35
Re: We are seriously dumbed-down in general 178 Waqas 11-Nov-19 10:05
Re: We are seriously dumbed-down in general 174 Susan Doris 12-Nov-19 06:06
The dumbing down is here now, at least in Australia. Read the ABC NEWS. 190 greengirl5 12-Nov-19 21:58
Re: We are seriously dumbed-down in general 154 Waqas 16-Nov-19 02:26
Here in the USA--not so much 158 drrayeye 16-Nov-19 03:55
Re: Here in the USA--not so much 292 Waqas 16-Nov-19 18:06
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