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kicking it old-school!

whatever happened to learning for the sake of learning?

me, i’d really really really love to see a college where you would go to your lectures, listen to the professor, and that was it! and none of this major business, or required courses, or anything like that… you see a course you are interested in taking, and you go and take it! that’s it! just learn for the sake of learning!

tom clancy does something like that, i read… he was called “a perpetual college student”, ‘cos he’s always in the classes / library / etc. just researching something for his next book. why can’t it be like that more of the time? -_-;;

i mean, i go and walk through the library, or go through the textbook section of the bookstore, and i see all these books that really seem interesting. but, unfortunately, i can’t read them or take the classes, since i’m too busy with my own classes. and some of the classes that i am taking i don’t really care for much… i’d rather just go and see a book or something, say “hm, this looks interesting…”, bring it home, read it, and bring it back. there! all learned up! i just want to go and learn and absorb knowledge. just for the heck of it. learn for the sake of learning. ^_^

i suppose that’s how the old-school (pun intended) colleges were run, methinks.

and what’s this about professors saying that they learn some of the subject from us when they teach the course?! sheesh, i ought to send them a tuition bill for attending the college of glenn! 😛

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  1. No…

    Old-school colleges sat you in a room and made you read latin all damn day. They taught you informaiton that for the most part was entirely useless becuase “that’s how it always had been done” And you didn’t get to pick classes. There was a set cirricullum and you obeyed it.

    Our colleges are pretty damn sweet right now.
    (God I hope I’m right, I start to go to one this fall)

  2. >>me, i’d really really really love to see a college where you would go to your lectures, listen to the professor, and that was it! and none of this major business, or required courses, or anything like that… you see a course you are interested in taking, and you go and take it! that’s it! just learn for the sake of learning!< <

    Oh, that would be LOVELY…hell, if I could get paid to take classes for a living, I’d do it. *g*
    I think that would be one of my dream jobs…

  3. with parts made in japan… i am the mod ren man!

    hmm… i guess i’m thinking more along the lines of being a renaissance man (or woman ^^;;)… like italy, the machivelli (sp?) family, etc….

    even so, i think it would be cool to learn things like latin, law, crazy african languages like wolof that nobody’s heard of, or anything, all just for the heck of it… be slightly proficient in everything, rather than very proficient in one thing (such as the major/minor system that is implemented now).

    and as for being paid to go to classes, that would be very cool… see why i have my idea for sending my professors a tuition bill? ~_^

    i’m asking myself why i am starting to consider this… i think it may be because in the recesses of my mind i am reconsidering my information systems major. i dunno whether i would really drop the ifsm major or what. i like working with computers, and ifsm seems like a good field, but after the intro to ifsm class i took it doesn’t appeal to me with all the business mechanics of it. management and whatnot. and i can’t really think of any other field that interests me very much. ^^;; sure, there’s computer science, but the problem with that is that it requires a lot of math – something that i’m not very good at… ^^;;; so, if i were to really change my major, then i’d rather go and study a lot of things so that i could do almost anything, instead of studying one thing and getting sick of it and having nothing else to do. ^_^

  4. glenn, it sounds like you should have gone to st john’s (except for that whole 5 minutes from your house). learning the classics with tutors not professors, only one major (philosophy). so different than the way that modern colleges are run. it sounded groovy, i almost applied but too close to home and tooooo expensive.

    p.s. be forewarned that i’m gonna be stalking you more often from now on.

    • time to take you to school!

      yeah… i didn’t really look at saint johns… i guess at the time that i was looking at colleges it seemed too radical for me ^_^;;

      maybe i’ll start my own school… the school of glenn… yeah… i kinda like that idea… ^__^

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