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-- Anonymous, November 11, 1998


I read the aticle "How I got my DIY Degree ...at the University of Planet Earth". The first thaought that came to mind as I read the article was the author was very fortunate that his parents made him stay in school until he graduated from High School. I think the point the author is trying to make is that you don't need a formal education to learn. I am willing to agree with that. But I think that you have to evaluate carefully what you want from life and how you will reach those goals. I am sure the author is probably learning things that are just not possible sitting in a classroom but where is his educational journey taking him? I feel that I have done a lot of the things he has done but along with my education in life I also have the benefit of a formal education and all the benefits that go with it. Again it is a matter of priorities. It is important for every one to realize that just because you aren't sitting in a classroom doesn't mean you aren't learning. Also along with his personal educational journey somewhere in his past was a teacher that helped him read. There was probably a teacher in the classroom who taught him the skills to put his thoughts on paper and how to organize those thoughts and how to spell and punctuate. Not always thrilling and excitings things to learn, but very useful.

-- Anonymous, January 19, 1999

Hi Diane, I agree with your responses to DIY Degree. It is important to get that formal degree first. I am sure we both had high school friends who should have gone on in school but choose not to attend college. Most of them regret that decision today and find it a missing part of their lives. I agree the formal education has big benefit and you can have the authors experiences too.

-- Anonymous, January 25, 1999

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