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Lettered but fettered, schools are rotten with rote and written with riffs. Intellectual but ineffectual, and hallowed but hollow and shallow, schools are fallow followers that kowtow to puppet shows for the status quo. To quote Mark Twain, "I never let school interfere with my education."