What did you learn at school?

by Daniel Batten on March 13, 2010

Have you ever paused to reflect on what you learnt at school. I mean what you really learnt?

I am not refering to the Maths and English. These things we learnt and these things were useful, and no doubt there were many other useful things we learnt.

When you really reflect – were not a lot of the most useful things accidental? Like an inspiring teacher who stood out, a great friend you made, an important learning you achieved and remember to this day because someone somehow made it personally significant to you? In short, our greatest learnings were often despite the “curriculum”. Not because of it.

Education is essential, and creates freedom for people around the world. However, there are 3 things that school also teaches us which are not so helpful

– fear of going outside your own knowledge-silo

– fear of mistakes

– fear of appearning to be a fool

These are discussed in detail on my article about the Prussian Schooling System on this site.

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