Re: The Education Function
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 10:19:23 -0800 (PST)

Ralph Lewis [] wrote:
>It amazes me how many of my students claim they are too poor to afford a
>computer at home yet drive expensive cars. You also see these same students
>spending a lot of time in the commons areas of the building chatting on
>their cell phones.

A few years ago I spent some time with the people who were camped out on the proposed site of a new highway in England; these people were living in fields, supported by my taxes, and I've never seen as many cell phones as I did in that time.

Back on the education front, I think at least half the problem is with the modern idea of "an education" that lasts a few years early in life and that's that. Almost nothing I need to know on an everyday basis even existed when I was at school, and almost nothing I learnt at school is at all useful to me. The time I spent there was almost entirely wasted, and cost the tax-payers of the time a huge amount of money. It's not just education funding that we have to change, it's the entire educational philosophy.