I always found school to be more of a hindrance than a help, all the way from the age of 8 I started to see the problem and more and more through the years.
I taught myself BASIC and binary logic starting at age 11. I’d get a notion and try. I got books as I needed but I “learned as I did”. In school, everything was broken down into tiny chunks over long periods of time and yet I only would remember long enough to pass a test because there was nothing “in it for me”.
But I cant compare in general because I was always self-taught. Even in school, I would TRY to get interested by finding supplemental materials in public libraries.
Maybe pushing people through identical learning is good. Maybe they’re doing it right. I don’t know.
But I’ll never forget the day when I was 10 years old. The teacher was not in the classroom. I went up to the front of the desk and peeked in her textbook. The other kids were laughing at my bravery/stupidity, expecting me to get caught.
I told them what I saw and they were amazed as I was: It’s EXACTLY the same as our books, except SHE gets the answers.
Before that, I thought teachers had some special knowledge. Some did. But most? Did not.
All too human. All of it. It’s amazing we accomplish anything at all but I’m glad we’re able to do as a species what we can.