A Very Brief History of Education

Parents and their communities have always given the best education they could afford, to their children.

Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle.  Most children received little or none.

Then some states became rich enough to provide one teacher for every 30 children.  One 30th of a teacher was infinitely better than none!

The teaching was based on hope that children could learn in lock step.  The fact is that we all learn at our own speed.

We learn at a different speed than others.  We learn at a different speed on each subject, and even on different topics.

A student who is behind the teacher is not learning.  A student who is ahead of the teacher is not learning.

A far better way to teach

When I was a student at Columbia, one of my courses was all in the textbook.  The text covered what a teacher would have spoken.  Students were free to read quickly when possible, or review when necessary.

The quizzes were in the book.  Tests were given during classroom time.  Otherwise, the class was for asking questions, and discussions led by the professor.

Later, I studied law, using correspondence courses from University College London.  And still later, the Merrill, Lynch four-month basic training course was in a box on my desk when I arrived the first day.

These own-speed learning courses showed me the way to ideal education.  I found it easy to learn perhaps three times as much this way, versus listening during class and taking notes.

In fact, this is how some of the greatest contributors to society have learned.  They gathered everything that was written on their subject, and read it, and worked with it.

You will recognize their names: Musk, Buffett, Gates, Edison, Clinton, Darwin, and Bach.  They are among those who excelled by using this method,  Now everyone can learn the way they did!

But they have to read English.

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