Daniel J. Boorstin is a man you didn’t even know you didn’t know. I mean, we can all say we memorized all of the presidents (or at least the 50 states), but I don’t think the common ‘Murahkin can name the librarians of Congress. Boorstin was the twelfth librarian of congress. On the side, he found time to graduate from Harvard and Yale, become a Rhodes scholar, teach at Oxford, and write some books. It’s safe to say this guy knew more than the average Jane; he probably even knew who the previous eleven librarians of congress were.
So you might be surprised to know he said this:
“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”
Can you imagine knowing all that Boorstin did and still thinking, “There’s so much I don’t know”?
That is what grad school is.
1.Think of an obscure topic which you may or may not have heard of EVER.
The Capes of Flying Elephants: The Flap, the Flutter, the Colors and Their Symbolism.
2. Now, take a class with an expert.
So-and-so is the Distinguished Professor of Capus Elephantus and has been studying cape art for 29 years.
3. You leave the class STILL convinced you don’t know anything.
Wait. I know I just wrote 20 pages on that, but I still have a question!
Grad school, or my experience in it so far, has only served as a bizarre mirror that shows all of the gaps in knowledge I have. Regular school taught me something…I think.
So, until next time, I’m going to continue sipping my tea, licking the crumbs of chocolate scone off my plate, and reading up on
Capus Elephantus Spain’s first female autobiographer.