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I have often wondered if our education system is on the right track. Bear with me a minute.

The major advances of the 50's, 60's and 70's, for the most part, were driven here in the USA. This was all done by people who received their education in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Back then, schooling was all from books and 'real' blackboards. There were no overhead projectors, computers, laptops, etc.

And yet, amazing advances were thought of and developed by the minds that received, basically, a 3-R's (readin, righten and rithmatic) education.

This is, of course, true not just here in the USA but worldwide.

My wife is a teacher, and she says the kids of today need a different delivery system for education than the old-time 3R method. And due to the difference in leisure time activities and overall lifestyles, I believe this is true to at least some extent.

But, I often wonder what has been lost in moving from basic 3-R education to our newer techniques.

Education's basic goal, to me, is not to instill information; it is to instill the knowledge of how to access information you don't already possess. It is called thinking, and America needs to educate our children so they know how to do this.

Or we will no longer be the nation we think we are.

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