I’m founding a school called the University of Nothing.
This is a school that teaches no subject matter directly. Instead, this university will teach you how to learn, and while learning how to learn, you will indirectly learn something else.
My past 4 years in college, I’ve learned by a process that I will call cram-sorption learning. Information is given to you (for the most part) and it’s up to you to learn it (or cram for it) and spit it back on tests. The reality is, after that test is over, many people forget everything they’ve just learned.
Students and schools today should learn through a process which I will call discovery learning. A process by which no information is given, except for an overall goal or objective. In this model, students will be required to do whatever is necessary to find, learn, and complete the task. Accessible Information has become so huge, widespread, and abundant, that I could learn anything I wanted to if I just knew how to look and if I applied a different way of thinking.
If this is successful, my students of the University of Nothing will be prepared to prepare themselves for any job or new career no matter what the situation.
Applications available soon…
8 thoughts on “The University of Nothing”
The typical problem with this approach is that people need to be taught just enough first in order to use what they find, a foundation upon which to construct their own architectural wonder if you will.
lol and true
please send me an application. i can teach a virtual course of the “essence of nothing.”
and “enjoying nothing.”
2 critical elements of life.
Application? You’ve already been named Head of School.
All I know is that in high school I had an electronics class, my teacher
gave us some parts, wheels, PIC (programmable integrated circuit)..and
pretty much said, go and build an autonomous fire fighting robot that can
navigate a maze?
WTF??…well, a few months , couple google searches, and few trips to the
library later…we had this…
Teachers can help facilitate the learning process, and guide along the way,
but at the end of the day, it’s all on that person to know how to get things
Dreich your discovery learning is what i call ” Graduate School”….. i totally agree with your undergrad cram-sorbtion…
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