Originally Posted by Prestidigitweeze
When people say they've met smart people who never went to college but have known clueless and/or uncultured people who did, they're often contrasting those who benefited from a good early education (Abraham Lincoln, Arnold Schoenberg, Ezra Pound) with people from sterile environments who then found themselves in universities.
I remember when I was in college in the late 80's early 90's (I forget exactly when) I was in the break area with a bunch of other people, teachers and students and one instructor was bemoaning the fact that a lot of his students seemed to have such bad reading comprehension skills. I asked him if that wasn't something they were supposed to have learned way back in grade school and he said that was his point. Apparently a lot of his students somehow fell through the cracks or something and didn't learn the trick of understanding the meaning of the written word. Kinda sad really. I got my first library card at age 3 and have had one ever since. Family sometimes joke about me being a branch of the public library. lol.