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Two well-known sayings express contrasting views on the relationship of books and learning to success in life. According to one axiom, “Knowledge is power.” According to the other, more cynical saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Bacon himself coined the first saying, but he probably would have agreed with both views, since he was both extremely learned and very well connected to powerful people.
1. What is your view of the value of reading and learning? What are some of the benefits of being well-educated? Is real life experience more valuable than academic knowledge?
2. What skills and/or knowledge are most essential for modern high-schoolers? Are schools in the United States meeting the needs of American children?