It’s not that America’s formal education system never worked,

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It’s that it doesn’t work now. It’s outdated. It’s overpriced. It’s not working in parallel to the current marketplace.

For the longest time, I resisted writing this article because I went to college. Who am I to say it doesn’t work?

But when I think back on it, there were two types of classes I benefited from:

After my 2nd year of college, I started working for the school newspaper. Not surprisingly, Journalism 101 now had a lot more meaning.

Tasks, not lectures, tap into our desire to perform better, to learn better, to be better. Learning things for the sake of learning things (which is what most people do) rarely works.

I’ve written a few times about how much I love code.

Could it be I was genetically predisposed for that? Maybe.

More likely, though it’s because every class was followed by a full length lab. (Not homework).

Again: tasks, not lectures.

Whenever we as a nation find a way to make what we’re learning applicable in real time, then we’ll be taking some steps forward.

Thanks, Descendant, for giving me the chance to expand on this a little more. Cheers :)

— TB

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