What are we teaching for?
Teaching is successful only as it causes people to think for themselves. What the teacher thinks matters little; what he makes the child think matters much.
What are we grading for?
the educational signaling function of grading is often more important than strict fairness.
Delineation of duties.
RULE TWO: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.
RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
What are we educating for?
It's phenomenal, isn't it, that we teach kids so much stuff that is so unbelievably useless to them in the rest of their lives an we don't teach them anything that is actually kind of useful in terms of the psychology. So you think, well we know this stuff about resilience and relationships and happiness and all these important topics, and, yet, it's still a very fact based curriculum to do with geography and history and this sort of thing. There's all these life skills that, for the most part, we don't teach to kids.
System as foil:
"You teach kids how to succeed when they successfully foil the educational system."