Friday, May 25, 2012
Education of a Wandering Man- book review
What is education?
"Education should provide the tools for... increased appreciation of all one sees or experiences.It should equip a person to live life well, to understand what is happening about him.
No one can 'get' an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process. If it does nothing else, it should provide students with the tools for learning acquaint them with methods of study and research, methods of pursuing an idea. We can only hope they come upon an idea they wish to pursue." p.3
What is wrong with our system:
"...it also seems obvious that a child should be taught some methods of reasoning... it might clear the air of a lot of loose thinking, and the kind of questionable statements that fill the air during political and other campaigns. We do not at present educate people to think but, rather, to have opinions." p.74-75
"Personally, I do not believe the human mind has any limits but those we impose ourselves. I do not believe that man has even begun to realize who he is or what he can become." p.175
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from "Ulysses"
Titles he mentioned which I want to read:
The Man Who Laughs. Victor Hugo
Toilers of the Sea. Victor Hugo
Shah-nama. (Iran's great Book of Kings/history of Persia). Reuben Levy translation
Hung Lou Menq (Dream of the Red Chamber). Tso Hsueh-chin (Traditional Chinese society)