Mark Twain's Influence With My Education

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In this forum I will be discussing the quote from Mark Twian, "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education". In researching this quotation, I was unable to verify that Mr. Twain was in fact the author. The TwainQuotes website states, "This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but until the attribution can be verified, the quote should not be regarded as authentic". The actual author of this quote, however, is not important. I like the quote. This quotation accurately sums up the problems of our education system. Education is more than schooling. In reading the other works for this assignment, there is a reoccurring theme. A persons' education comes from more than just school; one must have a desire to learn, a love of learning and a need to improve themsel f in order to achieve success.
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Our existing education system fails our students. Are algebra and trigonometry really something that a person will use on a daily basis? In order for a person to succeed in life, they need tools for success. Mark Twain was not an educated man by today's standards, going to school only until he was twelve years old. Even though his formal education stopped at a young age, he did not let his education end with school. He managed to become a successful writer by allowing himself to continue his quest for knowledge through his life experiences. Education is more than what can be found in a textbook. Education is about becoming well rounded, knowing enough about specific subjects to be able to function as a member of society, but not stopping there. In John Taylor's essay he states " We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness--curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight--simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and
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