Why should I go to school if I'm just going to graduate and become a race car driver?

Because you need the skills to adapt to a changing racecar industry? Because you should be able to represent yourself in court after you are arrested for kicking so much ass?

Tu M'as Trop Menti
Chantal Goya
Les Annees 60

Chantal Goya’s Tu M’as Trop Menti. From the trailer for Masculin, féminin by Jean-Luc Godard.

The value of an education has nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over: This is water. This is water. This is water.
David Foster Wallace

The child’s conception

Whether the child ever wins the large conception of the sea that her father has depends, in part, upon the father himself, but, in a still larger degree, upon her teacher.

If the teacher thinks of the sea merely as a word to be spelled, or defined, or parsed, that she may inscribe marks in a grade book or on report cards, then the child will never know the sea as her father knows it, unless this knowledge comes to her from sources outside the school.

Instead of becoming a living thing and the source of life, her sea will be a desert without oasis, or grass, or tree, or bird, or bubbling spring to refresh and inspire.

It would seem a sad commentary upon our teaching if the child is compelled to gain a right conception of the sea outside the school and in spite of the school, rather than through and by means of the school.

David: Did you ever eat glue as a child?
Tag: Why would you ask me that?
David: I need a chat to demonstrate our new theme, dummy.
Tag: Say, you're the dummy!
David: Well, I'm rubber and you're rubber cement, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you! And you smell funny.
Tag: Huh.