"3 Rs and 1 L"
The evolution of education
has been a long and winding road.
For a time, people thought in terms
of Recitation, Repetition, and Repression --
a focus on the techniques of teaching.
Then the litany switched to
Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic
(but not, evidently, Spelling yet)
and the emphasis changed to
the topics that were taught.
In the end, though, there is
only one fundamental thing
that students must discover --
not what to think, not how to think,
but how to learn.
They don't actually need
a school for this, or even a teacher.
It's built into the DNA
of every animal species,
albeit some more than others.
But success in school depends on
people not knowing that fact.