Slack Tide wrote:
WTN10 wrote: If you believe twelve years in a public school is analogous to $150 meal at an upscale restaurant
You know that's not the point at all...it was to demonstrate that the purpose of eating dinner is not to just get full..the same way that school is not just about books.
YOUR point in the Good Will Hunting quote (and his point in the movie) was that somehow the kid who went to college (Harvard) wasted his money on his time there because Will was able to get the same knowledge
from the library...and he may very well have...but not the same education.
You have to disagree because it reinforces the decisions you made in your life..someone who enjoyed school must be an idiot. Someone who admired their teachers must be an ass kisser...someone who went away to school wasted their money...
Don't mistake me for you. My opinions aren't nearly as binary as you suggest. Someone who enjoyed school probably had great teachers who actually taught and inspired them. Someone who admired their teachers must have had admirable teachers. Someone who went away for school and was enabled to land a great job made a sound investment.
While those scenarios exist, that has not been my experience. My favorite teacher was my Freshman Honors English teacher. He knew what I was and what I planned to do. He jerked me to the side at the beginning of the year and told me in no uncertain terms he wasn't putting up with that sh*t, and I do believe he used the word sh*t. He knew what I was capable of and if I didn't produce, he'd fail me and drop me from the honors program.
He cared and as a result, I did my best for him. The vast majority didn't though. The next year, my Honors English teacher sat at her desk and did nothing most of the time. It was a waste of my time and hers, and that's mostly what school was.
The value of education is calculated by what is put into it. I rate the value of public education very poorly, because of the effort put into it by educators.
Also, to point out the obvious:
Will received a better education
outside of Harvard as well. He knew how to treat others, how to act in social situations, how to land women, how to make friends, how to pay bills, how to rent from the library, how to feed and clothe himself, and how to humiliate bullies. It's implied in the movie that he's a troubled youth who had no use for formal education, and probably put no effort into it (explaining why he works as a janitor).
So, your point was?