Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on education

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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“Artists” calling for censorship don’t know what art is. “Scientists” citing consensus don’t know what science is. “Teachers” indoctrinating students don’t know what teaching is. “Journalists” parroting propaganda don’t know what reporting is. Programming us all day long.


If you need a degree to do it, it’s not going to make you wealthy.


Schools aren’t about learning. Offices aren’t about working. Churches aren’t about praying. Restaurants aren’t about eating.


Colleges have to convince students for the next year that a remote education is worth every bit as much as an in-person one, and then pivot back before students actually start believing it. It’s like only being able to sell your competitor’s product for a year.


The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, and available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas - just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.


University degrees are the new taxi medallions.


The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated, having traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge.


Lasting novels don’t come from literature departments. Successful businesses don’t come from business schools. Scientific revolutions don’t come from research universities. Get your education, then get moving. Find the loners tinkering at the edge.


The modern caste system is built around the university diploma.


If the primary purpose of school was education, the Internet should obsolete it. But school is mainly about credentialing.


Given that the main function of universities these days is filtering and signaling, the best move is to get admitted to Stanford and then drop out.


Teaching is more a way for the teacher to learn than for the student to learn.


The skills you really want can’t be taught, but they can be learned.


Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It's the desire to learn that's scarce.


The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets.


Academia and journalism used to be sources of scarce information. Post-Internet, they're mainly used to signal tribal affiliation & status.


Perhaps the myth that adults can't learn new skills is tied to the myth that education requires formal schooling.


It's not about "educated" v "un-educated." It's about "likes to read" and "doesn't like to read."


Mathematics is the language of nature. Perhaps we can teach and learn it more easily as such.


The Internet will obsolete the industrial education system, just like it's obsoleting every other physical purveyor of information goods.


VCs, universities, and accelerators provide more value from filtering and credentialing than they do from educating and advising.


Bored of conventional thinkers. Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than "smart" or "educated."


Increasing price of oil gave us fracking. Increasing price of unskilled labor will give us robots. Education is hard, but the only way out.


Computer Science will be the new Law / Medicine for the next generation of college graduates. Engineers won't be scarce, but geeks will be.


Believing that technology will create permanent unemployment is the same as believing that people can't be educated to build technology.


The problem with any lecture is that if you're in the audience, and above the average targeted, you won't get enough out of it.

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