Why I’m Leaving High School
Daniel Singer

A Case For Interdisciplinarity

I respect you so much for your courage and thought in this decision, but I must respectfully disagree with your justification.

Interdisciplinary thinking is powerful. The most intelligent people I know are successful because they have broad knowledge and can connect the dots across subject areas, weaving experiences together seamlessly. Human cognition is not a 1-dimensional axis; it is a vast web of knowledge, experience, skill, and thought. How you connect these nodes and build upon them determines your success, not your perseverance in pushing forward in a singular direction.

Focus is incredibly admirable and is a trait we see again and again in the most influential figures, but I argue that without proper multidisciplinary training, it is impossible to make the interdisciplinary connections that will allow you to fully understand and embrace complex human topics (empathy, behaviour, etc.). In other words, keep the blinders off on your quest for Point B. I fear that you may miss out on a huge amount of knowledge and experience that you don’t believe to be necessary in your journey.

That said, high school does not need to be the place to accumulate that foundational knowledge. You have a wild few years ahead of you, and, from our conversations, I know that you’ll find the ‘drop-out life’ as liberating as I did. However, I would encourage you in your adventures to set well-rounded goals: strive to better yourself socially, understand cultures past and present, think critically about difficult logical problems, and (most importantly) observe and embrace what makes you and those around you happiest.

Good luck, Daniel.

Sidenote: I wrote one of my final papers in high school on interdisciplinary education and how current education is messed up. I’m really sad I couldn’t find it :(

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