Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
Education is what other people do to you. Learning is what you do to yourself.
I don’t like the word “education” because it is such an extraordinary abstraction. I’m very much in favor of learning. So there are all of these granular questions like: what is that we’re learning? Why are you learning it? Are you going to college because it’s a 4-year party? Is it a consumption decision? Is it an investment decision where you’re investing in your future? Is it insurance? Or is it a tournament where you’re just beating other people? And are elite universities really like Studio 54 where it’s like an exclusive nightclub? I think if we move beyond the education bubble that we’re living today, the future will be one in which people can speak about these things more clearly.
I think we need to teach kids how to solve interesting problems by giving them interesting problems to solve. And then, don’t criticize them when they fail. Because kids aren’t stupid. If they get in trouble every time they try to solve an interesting problem, they’ll just go back to getting an A by memorizing what’s in the textbook.