Posted: Apr 16, 2019 1:03 pm
by Spearthrower
Fallible wrote:I was definitely not mature enough during childhood and teenage years to make the most of my education. I messed about and muddled through and still somehow ended up with a masters degree, but I always wonder what I could have achieved had I taken it all more seriously. I do sort of instinctively feel that applying oneself to learning is a skill that comes later than the current set-up provides for in a lot of cases

I agree wholeheartedly.

I still recall my 4th year form head's - clearly frustrated - report wording:

(he) is cruising towards grades he really doesn't deserve to achieve.


For me, the school syllabus at the time was just too easy - but it kind of has to be to include everyone. I could fool around without harming my own chances - which really didn't set me up well for university in the slightest. I remember sitting in an undergraduate tutorial class absolutely baffled as all these people conversed fluently in language I barely even comprehended, let alone could partake in.

But by the age of 28, all I wanted to do was learn - and still do! So I can definitely conceive of a future when education goes as long as it needs to.

That's the Caucus Race concept that was actually my high school's philosophy.