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  • I had similar school experiences, as did many of the people
    that are now my friends. I think the experience of school
    actively damaged my ability to deal with people.

    I like to call it the "prison model".

    I would have been way better off just hanging out with a
    skilled programmer for a few years in my teens, and reading
    on my own about other stuff. Particularly given that the
    version of history presented in US public schools is rather,
    um, selective and often just wrong.
    • by pudge (1) on 2004.07.07 9:57 (#32215) Homepage Journal
      Graham compares it to prison in his essay [paulgraham.com], too.

      As to history, well, I think I can safely assume part of the reason why you think our version of history is wrong is because of your biases, though that's probably only part of it. Every subject in school, in my experience, is taught poorly. I actually had one very good history teacher in high school, and several bad ones. I learned a lot of good and correct things from the good one (it was selective, but only in the sense that it is necessary, given certain topics and limited time).

      But the other teachers just crammed names and dates down our throats and I learned jack. I couldn't even tell you if the information was wrong or selective (in a bad way), because I don't remember any of it.

      Other than this one good teacher, the only history I remember from school is from when I grew up in SE Mass, where we learned a lot about early colonial times, since we were surrounded by it. I suppose it was a bit selective, but then again, I was very young, and there's not much point to teaching very young kids about the bad stuff, just yet.