"Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount
of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts."
Henry Brooks Adams
(1838-1918) Pulitzer prize-winning historian (1919), great-grandson of John Adams, grandson of John Quincy Adams, and son of US Secretary of State, Charles Adams
The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography, 1918
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I like it, How factual of him ;-) The factoids and other sound bites of politicians and their government schools and media more replace education than cultivate knowledge or a full understanding.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    As Mark Twain said, "Never let schooling get in the way of your education".
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Damn JFK for starting the federal department of education and getting the federal courts involved in our educational system. It's a real government education system now.
     -- Cal, lewisville, TX     
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    'Education' is a racket now  people acquiring a house-sized debt to get a 'degree' so that they can earn enough to buy a house some day.  They spend the entirety of their lives in debt  that's what is taught and encouraged.  We spend our lives paying rent for our 'credit.'  At the end of life, 95% of one's labors have been spent paying inflationary interest and taxes on perpetual debt.  This is called freedom.  ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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