Education

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“Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement,” Victor Hugo writes in an appendix to “Les Misérables.” “Knowledge is a viaticum; thought is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light.”

The yeshiva system prides itself on scholarship, but fails to educate people on information needed to function in the real world, and discourages mental skills needed for autonomy. Learning is a prime importance if one wants to integrate into society at large. Many people who successfully escape do so by getting an formal education, going to college. Others read alot, search out information on their own. Some fall into the trap of thinking knowing facts gleaned by watching TV and listening to talk radio is the same thing as an education. It is not.

The critical thing one learns via education is how to think. Critical thinking and individual thinking is not something yeshivas or rabbis like or encourage. The ability to consider ideas one doesn't agree with is one hallmark of an educated individual.

The core skills any employer wants in leadership is a person who can read and write the English language, function with enough autonomy to carry out their wishes, and doesn't screw things up. College has a student concurently taking 4 or 5 unrelated classes on an independent functioning schedule while meeting firm deadlines. At first it can be overwhelming but by graduation, a student achieves a higher level of functioning than the individual would otherwise achieve.