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  1. Or, as Archimedes would say, "Don't disturb my circles."

    (...okay, bad example. But I still think the sentiment is noble, and indeed correct in some sense.)

    Michael Vassar on education:

    "...[S]chool can better be seen as a vaccination program against knowledge than a process for instilling knowledge in people. And of course, when a vaccination program messes up, occasionally people get sick and die of the mumps, or smallpox, or whatever; and when school messes up, occasionally people get sick and educated, and they lose biological fitness. And in either case, the people in charge revise the program, and try to make sure that doesn't happen again; but in the case of school, they also use that as part of their positive branding -- and, you know, maintain a not-very-plausible story about it being intended to cause that effect, while also working hard to make sure that doesn't happen again."

    -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cSG0p-uflA

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