woz on pranking

woz1.jpgKnowledge@Wharton: Is it harder to be a prankster now than it was back in the ’70s?

Wozniak: I believe that it is. A lot of my old pranks and jokes are forbidden in today’s schools. The schools underwent this big [change where] the kids cannot do [anything] random, outside-the-rules, outside-the-pages-in-the-book. They can’t be that individualistic.

In California we [have] so little money for schools. And when you don’t have much money, you have to have large classes and you don’t have enough teachers to allow the kids to randomly go in the directions that they’re made by God or by nature to go.

If you imagine something beyond the boundaries you can see — like future products or space travel — you get taught from an early age, “This is disallowed.” You have to do it secretly on your own.

Allowing some level of mild pranks — with a rule that it’s not going to harm anyone — would be a good policy.

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