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"There is nothing to be learnt from a Professor" - David Hume watch

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    Hi,

    Not sure if I am posting in the right section of the forums but I was just wanted to get people's opinion on David Hume's quote: "there is nothing to be learnt from a Professor, which is not to be met with in Books".

    Is this quote relevant in today's education system or is our education system so different to the education in Hume's time (1700s) that we do need professors? Can you do well in uni or school by only reading, skipping all lectures and occasionally asking for clarification on difficult concepts read in textbooks? Or is David Hume just a genius that's why he doesn't need help from professors?

    Currently, I agree with Hume (in school, I did a lot of my studies alone by reading and rarely paying attention in class and got good grades) but I'm not sure if I only think that because I am missing some crucial information about the importance of a teacher. My teacher, in school, did tell me that eventually I won't be able to study everything alone and my grades will decline if I continue (not sure if true or she is being pessimistic).

    I know that he didn't mean to instruct people on how to study with that quote but I was just curious about the quote's applicability.
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    There are genius teachers and professors that can highlight courses/topics in ways you never imagined. People that illuminate the path to knowledge like beacons. These kind of people are what schools were designed for, but nowadays some of them are nothing but modern drones. Hume is right, but also is wrong. While you can 'pass' your exams from reading, a good teacher can clear open an unexplored road in a way only possible from an interactive angle.
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    (Original post by PhilandTheo)
    Not sure if I am posting in the right section of the forums but I was just wanted to get people's opinion on David Hume's quote: "there is nothing to be learnt from a Professor, which is not to be met with in Books".
    I can move this to Educational debate if you like...
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    Depends how good the professor/lecturer is and how you learn best, really. There's no point learning a bunch of words and sentences and committing them to memory from a book if you don't understand how to apply it. Not all things will come naturally to everyone, even the brightest of students, so even something as simple as having the information presented in an unexpected or unfamiliar manner can help a student to think slightly more abstractly and consequently be more likely to reach the point of understanding the material.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I can move this to Educational debate if you like...
    Yes, please move it to there. Thanks.
 
 
 
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