Today’s Second Dose Of The Stupid

Has March 31st become National Stupidity Day?

Need a Job? Invent It

We teach and test things most students have no interest in and will never need, and facts that they can Google and will forget as soon as the test is over.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

How the hell does he know what anyone will “need”?

Did Steve Jobs ever think he “needed” calligraphy? No.

But he did!

From the biography by Walter Isaacson:

“The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting,” he said. Among them was a calligraphy class that appealed to him after he saw posters on campus that were beautifully drawn. “I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.”

It was yet another example of Jobs consciously positioning himself at the intersection of the arts and technology. In all of his products, technology would be married to great design, elegance, human touches, and even romance. He would be in the fore of pushing friendly graphical user interfaces. The calligraphy course would become iconic in that regard. “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Yet if Jobs had asked anyone what he “needed” know to succeed in the computing business, not one of them would have said he “needed” calligraphy.

If we look to inculcate in people only what someone else thinks they “need” for being a better battery for The Matrix, we might as well just give up right now.

The entire point of education is to expose people to things that broaden their mind, so they can learn to think, not narrow their minds so they properly function as a Duracell for the Machine.

The same brainac quoted above also hacked up:

Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world.

Yeah, and their main employer, Nokia, got its ass kicked by a college dropout — who went to a calligraphy class he didn’t “need.”

Previously here:

Today’s Dose Of The Stupid

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