What do you think the world would be like if autodidactic lifestyles were encouraged as/more heavily than formal education?

It is the human condition to succumb to the consequences of both abiding by and violating the norms of society. We all live within the bounds of our own personal comfort zone which requires a delicate balance of individualism and conformity, whether we like to admit it or not.

What would happen if formal education escapes the believed code of "norm" and instead becomes widely seen at as a fallback, and self-learning becomes the primary focus and reward in itself for scholars, ordinary people, and all learned individuals?

What if the world were operated by people who learned on their own accord? In this imaginary world we are able to choose what we want to learn and study it whichever way we choose, by reading, seeing, doing, exploring, and discovering.

Would we be more efficient in our chosen professions? Would we be lopsided, knowing too much about one thing and too little about another? Or, would we instead see more minds resembling those of John Nash, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and other influential minds that may have attended school, but relied on their own ability to self-teach in order to learn what they are so well known for.

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the average person would not be nearly as smart. the world's technology wouldn't be as progressed, but we'd have almost the same amount of theoretical knowledge of every field. outstanding thinkers would exist in either world, but the average person would be more capable of supporting technological progression in the world we have now

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