“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
– Derek Bok
Long ago in preschool (a year or two before grade 1), I remember our teacher giving us a quick assignment before going home:
“Take a whole sheet of pad paper and write numbers!”
Following the instructions, my tiny self tore a sheet of paper and started writing. In my zeal, I wrote past 100 before passing my paper. The teacher said one word:
“Labis” (Superfluous) and handed my paper back to me.
At that time, I had no idea what that word meant… but since she gave back the paper, I assumed that what I wrote wasn’t enough so I kept writing.
A while later, nearly all my other preschool friends submitted their papers and started going home. Since mine was still being rejected, I continued until my parents had to pick me up from the classroom.
I still thought I wasn’t finished.