Henry Adams quote about ignorance from The Education of Henry Adams - Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
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Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
 Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1906). copy citation

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“Bacon took a vast deal of trouble in teaching King James I and his subjects, American or other, towards the year 1620, that true science was the development or economy of forces; yet an elderly American in 1900 knew neither the formula nor the forces; or even so much as to say to himself that his historical business in the Exposition concerned only the economies or developments of force since 1893, when he began the study at Chicago.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. Adams had looked at most of the accumulations of art in the storehouses called Art Museums; yet he did not know how to look at the art exhibits of 1900. He had studied Karl Marx and his doctrines of history with profound attention, yet he could not apply them at Paris.” source

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