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- Alfred Bester

Accelerated Schooling  
  Knowledge force-fed directly into the brain.  

One of the technologies that the City Fathers of the Okie cities used to bring individual citizens up to standards was accelerated schooling.

The accelerated schooling to which the City Fathers had remanded Chris did not at first seem physically strenuous at all...

The "schoolroom" was a large, gray, featureless chamber devoid of blackboard or desk; its only furniture consisted of a number of couches scattered about the floor. Nor were there any teachers; the only adults present were called monitors, and their duties appearaed to be partly those of an usher, and partly those of a nurse, but none pertinent to teaching in any sense of the term Chris had ever encountered. They conducted you to your couch and helped you to fit over your head a bright metal helmet which had inside it what seemed to be hundreds of tiny, extremely sharp points which bit into your scalp just enought to make you nervous, but without enough pressure to break the skin. Once this gadget, which was called a toposcope, was adjusted to their satisfaction, the monitors left, and the room began to fill with the gray gas.

This gas was like a fog, except that it was dry and faintly aromatic... it made it impossible to see the rest of the room until the session was over, when it was sucked out with a subdued roar of blowers...

...the torrent of facts that came from the memory cells of the City Fathers into the prickly helmet was overwhelming and merciless.

From Cities in Flight, by James Blish.
Published by Avon in 1957
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In fact, anti-convulsant drugs were administered to help students cope with the flow of knowledge.

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