Teach yourself — or be poor

Joanne Jacobs, Aug 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I basically never agree with either Tyler Cowan or Joanne Jacobs. But there's a core of truth in this message. Not the explicit threat of poverty, which should be unacceptable in a developed country (but which is fair retribution according to these two authors, which makes them detestable). No, it is in the idea that people should teach themselves. I often tell people that I work where my four areas of specialization intersect: philosophy, media, computers and education. But equally important is that I am self-taught in three of them. And it is this, and not my formal education, which gives me an edge in the current environment. It is this which makes me unique.

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