“No vital connection between learning and life has been forged in our schools, much less any affection for voluntarily using one’s mind in the rigorous, sustained and frequently counterintuitive way that leads to innovation and the advancement of knowledge.”
The problem is not our schools and it cannot be solved by schooling. The problem is our culture. We not only tolerate a lack of rigor and standards but encourage sloppy thinking by confusing it with creativity and glorify a lack of discipline as independence. We do this at every level—as parents, neighbors, politicians, TV pundits and celebrities. It is hopeless to expect that the few hours a day that a child spends in a formal academic institution can counteract all the training he constantly recieves from parents, peers, media, civic leaders and role models.