Frameworks

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We all love to learn but today’s education systems are antiquated to the task. Student’s heads are crammed full of information that bears little relevance to their lives—information they will someday learn how to put to use but in the meantime essentially worthless.

The problem is the lack of a framework. Imagine trying to build a home with everything but the framework. It can probably be done but it wouldn’t be a pretty sight. Once a foundation and framework have been built it’s easy to visualize adding everything else.

I remember my starting lessons in electronics by a very strict by-the-book German engineer, Rudy Ströebel. Herr Ströebel insisted I learn the color code that distinguishes resistors and the formulas that determine circuit values before I had an inkling of why this was being crammed into my head. In Herr Ströebel’s view, he was building a framework for me to design circuits—but he was taking a long way ’round the bend—like following a recipe without first a clue what you’re baking.

Imagine trying to bring a newbie into the audiophile fold by forcing them to learn first the vernacular before hearing a system. Better first to be immersed in the wonder of a high-end audio system—the framework—which then prompts the newbie into filling in the blanks.

I have watched so many experts turn off potential stereo lovers by qualifying them, filling their heads with disconnected information, before immersing them in the joys of music reproduced like only a high-performance system can.

The formula for learning is to create wonder and desire first, filling your head with the answers to mysteries second.