Saturday, 1st December 2012
Institutionalized education is a business. Don't idealize it.
Educational institutions can do nothing for you. No institution or organization can turn you into something -- a fine actor, a computer programmer, a teacher or what have you.
Learning is a single person process. You learn by observation and by thinking. You may draw inspiration from an individual teacher. That does have a bearing on your personality and beliefs, your behavior and thus upon your craft.
But the moment the vehicle of education is pluralized to a collective, it is not longer effective.
Elementary school education is a social custom. It has become necessary for social conformity. Institutionalized higher education is a scam. Institutionalized anything is a scam. Mostly.