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Day 220, Facepalm

How I feel as of late about academics can be summed up in the extract from Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers:


"There they are, the professor and prodigy, and what the prodigy wants is to be engaged, at long last, with a mind that loves mathematics as much as he does. But he fails. In fact - this is the most heartbreaking part of all- he manages to have an entire conversation with his calculus professor without ever communicating the one fact most likely to appeal to a calculus professor. The professor never realizes that Chris Langan is good at Calculus."


Replace prodigy with student.

Instead of Calculus apply it to everything.


I'm no genius.

I want to learn.

I love to learn!


But the way I feel about most of my post-high school teachers can be summed up in this picture and one word: frustration.


Students should learn how to learn. (at an early age)

Teachers should be taught how to teach.


The system is similar at a majority of Universities.

But that does not make it right.

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Taken on April 19, 2011