Friday, November 6, 2015

CPB Classic: Somes Notes on Education

"The lion prefers not to listen to boring lecturers."

From June 2013, excerpts from some great books:

The Art of Teaching -- Gilbert Highet

"...even if they have been too lazy or stupid to master first-year geography they are pushed on to second-year geography to get them off the teacher's hands, and to avoid the danger of giving them a feeling of inferiority to their intelligent and hard-working classmates."

Civilization and its Discontents -- Freud

"In sending the young out into life with such a false psychological orientation, education is behaving as though one were to equip people on a Polar expedition with summer clothing and maps of the Italian Lakes."

Epictetus -- The Enchiridion

"And though you are not yet a Socrates, you ought, however, to live as one desirous of becoming a Socrates."

"I don't know why we are here..."

Excerpts from a review of a biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein: "I don't know why we are here but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves."

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