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Is a classical education, a prerequisite for innovation?

Is a classical education, a prerequisite for successful, meaningful, or useful innovation? Or does it only apply to certain narrow forms of innovation, or not at all? Can literally anyone have a piece of the so called American dream, or does it require years of classical education?

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    Dec 17 2013: Perhaps also, the function of a university and or classical education is not merely to learn? But also to connect people? That is to say that, University degrees open doors for innovative people? Clearly, certain types of innovation require such social connections, whereas, innovation per se in general, does not require and standard eduction entry point,but is certainly required for industrial or medical and many other forms of innovation? But that also, innovative people, come from all walks of life, social class, and education attainment? Richard Branson being a prime example, having left school a 15 and also suffering from dyslexia.

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