We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.There you have it. American education has been failing since somewhere in the middle of the 19th Century. And, Neal has been a teacher at the college level, so he is partly to blame.
American author Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
All I can say is, never let school interfere with your education.
Regards — Cliff