from the newly formatted (and now lets you add comments) and url'ed InfoDesign: Understanding by Design | Special on R.S. Wurman
"our entire system of education is bankrupt because what is taught to you is not what you are interested in, and it is not taught to you in a method that can accentuate the interest so you build up a whole fibrous web of learning for yourself. Not an interest you have that doesn't connect with everything else in the world. So why not go in through your interests? But that is not how our school systems are set up. You memorize things you are not interested in, throw them up on a test, and then you forget them."
Shame RSW didn't mention that Understanding is also about the notion of standing under - in that you you need to do that to fully appreciate (not that it might fall on your head)