August 4th, 2009


Quotes on education, school sports, and stick-in-the-mud professors

"No one can deny the value of getting together, of learning to get along with others, of coming to appreciate the methods of organization and the duties of membership in an organization any more than one can deny the importance of physical health and sportsmanship. It seems on the face of it a trifle absurd, however, to go to the trouble of training and engaging teachers, of erecting laboratories and libraries, and of laying out a program of instruction and learning if, in effect, the curriculum is extra and the extra-curriculum is the heart of the matter."

--Robert Maynard Hutchins, The Great Conversation: The substance of a liberal education, 1952, p. 25.

"Many claims can be made for the American people; but nobody would think of claiming that they can read, write, and figure.... The products of American high schools are illiterate; and a degree from a famous college or university is no guarantee that the graduate is in any better case. One of the most remarkable features of American society is that the difference between the "uneducated" and the "educated" is so slight."

--ibid., p. 44-45.

"In education, for example, whenever a proposal is made that looks toward increased intellecutal effort on the part of students, professors will always say that the students cannot do the work. My observation leads me to think that what this usually means is that the professors cannot or will not do the work that the suggested change requires."

--ibid. p. 46.

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