"Nothing truly novel comes from established knowledge alone. Most textbooks don’t prepare one for fresh approaches. They leave out the leaps of faith that lead to true breakthroughs." - Lyall Watson Elephantoms
When I was at school and especially at university I was never that keen on my textbooks. When I received the book I would always go through it and look for some cool sections that I thought would be interesting to study when the time came. Then at the end of the year I would realise that those sections were always the one's left out by the lecturers as not too important. That is one of the reasons I did poorly I think, that accompanied with my atrocious hand writing and mind that was prone to drifting away from the topic at hand, seem to have put a handbrake on decent grades.
Hopefully with the parameters of control having been lifted in a broader sense over the years more people will be encouraged for those leaps of faith. If they are taken in a direction derived from the individuals own inspiration they will surely be fresh and worthwhile.
Post Script: Lyall Watson died earlier this very month. A naturalist and extraordinary author of some of the best books that I have ever been fortunate enough to read. Books that has inspired leaps of faith for my good self.