David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College has long been a holy text for me; something I turn to when I need to be reminded that learning  is so much more than the ability to memorize and  regurgitate  facts.

As DFW states, “the real value of education has nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness”.

It’s good to see that this will now be reaching a wider audience , albeit in an abridged form, thanks to California-based video company The Glossary.

This is, quite simply, required viewing for all educators and learners or, to put it another way, everyone should watch this and then proceed to reading the full speech.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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