This is the post that inspired Jo’s post that I reblogged earlier.I’m sorry I didn’t get them in order but better than nothing! The comments are interesting too.
Imagine two individuals waiting outside an office for a job interview. They are both smart, hard workers with an excellent education. The difference: one is a university graduate, the other has never been to university. Have you spotted what’s wrong with this picture yet? That’s right. The autodidact would never be considered for the job in the first place.
Now I say that both have an excellent education, but what does that mean? A university education is one thing, but immediately after hearing a word like autodidact we collectively cringe. Something is fishy about learning without the supervision of an accredited institution. This rogue self-education cannot possibly be as valid as one from a university. That, I say, is open to debate.
Universities are home to the world’s knowledge, expertise and research. There are only so many seats in lecture halls, and so many papers that professors will correct, so…
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