The Everything You Need to Ace series is like borrowing notes from the smartest kid in class


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It’s almost as if most of the history and science facts kids are forced to temporarily memorize in school are quickly forgotten and useless to the vast majority of students once they’ve entered adulthood. Weird.


I’m reminded of Father Guido Sarducci’s Twenty Minute University; everything you remember 5 years after you graduate. Economics? “Supply and demand”!



The US education system is just rote memorization. We have to memorize a list of facts about what the world was like 400 years before we were born, and the names of rivers in Eastern Europe that we’ll never see, and other seemingly useless stuff. There’s no Bottom Line Up Front. We never learn why the stuff we’re learning matters, or why we should hold on to it.


This is terribly true. All the controversy about charter schools and vouchers and teachers unions really don’t matter, because at the end of the day, as long as the current (and antiquated) model of coercion and arbitrary curricula persists, we’ll still be failing millions of students year after year after year.


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