Education, sitting in a room and listening to people talk all day, maybe taking in about a third of what the teacher is saying. This is what a lot of modern schools are like, these are also how Thoreau pictured the schools. To think people are paying absurd amounts of money, just fir their child to sit and stew in a classroom all day not learning or remembering practically anything that the teacher says. “I mean that they should not play life, or study it merely, while the community supports them at this expensive game, but earnestly live it from beginning to end. How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living? Methinks this would exercise their minds as much as mathematics.” Excerpt From: Fitzsimmons, John. “Fitz's Abbreviated Walden 1-4.” iBooks. This quote really stuck out to me while reading the Education section of economy. I believe that every sing thing that Thoreau says in this small part is true. Education was a rather small section word wise, but, it was overflowing with information. All of which I could not agree with more. Even though kids aren't learning things all they are asked to do is to regurgitate what has been said to them. What Thoreau states and what I believe is this, you sill never truly learn something until you do it yourself, you could hear it one hundred times, and see it one thousand times, but, you will never know completely how to do it, until you actually do it for yourself. During class you might be able to listen and nod your head at the right times, and regurgitate the right words when needed and study the right stuff to make good grades, but, with no experience, when you actually do something like that, even though you know exactly what to do and how to do it, you are prone to making a mistake. Because, studying the right things and listening does not prepare you for anything, it does not prepare you for what could go wrong only what to do. The only true way to learn things is by experience and mistakes.