Terry Pratchett on education

Terry Pratchett -- an awesome author

This is from the book, I Shall Wear Midnight. Don’t take it as an indictment of the current “system” but as a possibility of what we could replace it with…

“…and they’re useless, sir. They teach facts, not understanding. It’s like teaching people about forests by showing them a saw. I want a proper school, sir, to teach reading and writing and most of all thinking, sir, so people can find out what they’re good at, because someone doing what they really like is always an asset to any country, and too often people never find out until it’s too late… I’d like the boys to learn about thirls and I’d like the girls to learn about boys. Learning is about finding out who you are, what you are, where you are and what your are standing on and what you’re good at and what’s over the horizion and, well, everything. It’s about finding the place where you fit. I found the place where I fit, and I would like everybody else to find theirs.…”

Can we go for this? Please.