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Quote of the Day: “Real education must ultimately be limited to one who INSISTS on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding”

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Real education must ultimately be limited to one who INSISTS on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.

I have featured this quote from Ezra Pound, apparently found in the poem ABC of Reading (1934), on the University of Non-Institutional Education (one of the many projects that I have been slow to get off the ground…)

I chose it, because I think it makes a critical point about perspective on education, and one that is often missed.  In public education, students and parents can start to think that education is a commodity that is simply expected to be “given” to them. This belief is quite dangerous, mostly to the learner, as it falsely takes away their power to learn.  While it is clear that good teachers are very important to helping students learn, it is even more critical for the learner to insist on knowing, before they insist on being taught.

See Also: A Right to Learn but a Privilege to be Taught

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Written by Jacob Walker

November 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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