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Coals to Newcastle?

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c287

Education: Pro & Con

Education is a mixed blessing. It teaches us to believe and remember facts, but
it also teaches us to surrender our independent judgment and common sense.
The net effect is that we are enlightened with facts, but benighted with
dependence and gullibility. Our head is in the sky, and our feet are barely
touching the ground. Let’s counterbalance the enervating, stultifying effects of
education with the energizing effects of practical experience, common sense,
skepticism, spontaneity, humor, and exercise. Otherwise, we will all become
clones of robots programmed by other robots.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 January 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA