In Fahrenheit 451 book
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I think you might be referring to this quote,
“School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?”
I think there is much truth to this, it is eerily accurate in today's schools. Knowledge has become a commodity as a means to securing a job. The question in schools today seems to surround how knowledge will aid a student in a specific career and hence make money. Knowledge for its own intrinsic value seems to be less relevant.