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10-08-07, 04:56 PM #1
Old School Thoughts On Schools
This is from an e-mail I received from a friend. I post it to evoke thought and discussion, not to instill hatred and discontent.
Here's a quote from C.S. Lewis that discusses excellence. It prophetically detailed the problems we have with government schools:
"What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's [of the same age] attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses? -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men." C. S. Lewis (29 November 1898 - 22 November 1963)
Here's a Boortz blast where that quote can be seen in a larger diatribe against what could well be our greatest threat for our nation's future -- government education.
http://boortz.com/nuze/200710/10082007.html#marxBe courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
[George Washington (1732 - 1799)]
10-08-07, 04:59 PM #2
Sounds like No Child Left Behind.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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10-08-07, 05:30 PM #3
Ahhh I see that PapaBear is a fellow NeelzNewz reader.
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
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