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August 14, 2013


As a long-term expat living in South Korea, I'm generally supportive of the various attempts, however clumsily rendered in English at times, to move education in a more creative, less rigid and authoritarian. For some years now there has been a sustained and highly self-critical dialog within South Korea about the limits of a secondary education system that may produce students who are technically capable of reproducing material from textbooks, but far less confident forging new paths in knowledge.

People like Steve Jobs don't happen through regimens, more like the opposite. You're not going to get a Steve Jobs through a structured educational program. Steve has talked at length about the problems with the typical structured teaching program and how it almost killed his curiosity.

The type of people who think Steve Jobs' gifts are things that can be taught and forced are the type of people who truly don't even understand Jobs' gifts to begin with. He humanized technology. You can't teach soul. Teaching how to write code does not even BEGIN to address any of Steve Jobs talents.

Steve Jobs made it very clear that "Apple is at the crossroads of liberal arts and technology". Very few companies (much less governments) get it and unfortunately It's not something you can mandate or teach. But good luck to the Korean people none-the-less.

Korean government's admiring Steve Jobs so much, Apple and the US should be happy and proud.

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