the vibe of your post gives the thought that you were attacking the education system here which i guess you were (which is by the way like me saying that the way i used to see on tv that the people of russia had to wait in line for bread, well that's stupid and i should tell you about it) but then i thought well yes but this is a general moped forum though so it makes no sense to do that here. so i had to say something because it was unwarranted and that kid didn't get the help he asked for. there's a time for that sort of thing and i don't think it was one of them.
well now i want to comment on the education system, for a moment. what if while in school this person did learn about physics and pistons and all that jazz during class but at the time he just didn't like it enough to learn about it? a general education is a very good thing yes but only if you want such a thing. forcing a student to learn something just leads to the practice of memorization which is just the art of cramming all the given info before a test just enough to get the grade you want and then hopefully purge all that info so you can start stuffing your head with the next test's info. it's not about learning anymore.
like it was spoken though, not the place for this talk.
go to www.geocities.com/yoinkze if you'd like. i'm a sort of half moron/half nerd as you'll see.