Sunday, April 10, 2011

Юноше, обдумывающему житье

Scott Adams делится с читателями WSJ своими соображениями о том, чему и как следует учить студентов и, соответственно, что этим самым студентам имеет смысл изучать.

Бык берётся за рога с первой же фразы:
I understand why the top students in America study physics, chemistry, calculus and classic literature. The kids in this brainy group are the future professors, scientists, thinkers and engineers who will propel civilization forward. But why do we make B students sit through these same classes? That's like trying to train your cat to do your taxes—a waste of time and money. Wouldn't it make more sense to teach B students something useful, like entrepreneurship?
Свою мысль автор обильно иллюстрирует примерами из собственного опыта и даже даёт практический рецепт достижения успеха в жизни:
It's unlikely that any average student can develop a world-class skill in one particular area. But it's easy to learn how to do several different things fairly well. I succeeded as a cartoonist with negligible art talent, some basic writing skills, an ordinary sense of humor and a bit of experience in the business world. The "Dilbert" comic is a combination of all four skills. The world has plenty of better artists, smarter writers, funnier humorists and more experienced business people. The rare part is that each of those modest skills is collected in one person. That's how value is created.
Адамс заканчивает свой реферат (рекомендуемый к тщательному изучению) на мажорной ноте:
Remember, children are our future, and the majority of them are B students. If that doesn't scare you, it probably should.

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