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“The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Philosophy, Uncategorized

The truth to reconcile these truths (Aeschylus) found in the experience of men, which the men of his generation must have realized far beyond others, that pain and error have their purpose and their use: they are steps of the ladder of knowledge: God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And [...]

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“The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Civilisation, Philosophy, Uncategorized

Our word for school comes from the Greek word for leisure. Of course, reasoned the Greek, given leisure a man will employ it in thinking and finding out about things. Leisure and the pursuit of knowledge, the connection was inevitable—to a Greek.

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“I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Humanism, Philosophy, Uncategorized

As I ate she began the first of what we later called “my lessons in living.” She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to [...]

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Teachers – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Art, Culture, Japan, Japanese, Literature

A teacher or mentor whom one admires greatly in early adulthood will leave his mark, and indeed, long after one has come to re-evaluate, perhaps even reject, the bulk of that man’s teachings, certain traits will tend to survive, like some shadow of that influence, to remain with one throughout one’s life… ..the way I [...]

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Beatrix Potter – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Parenting, Reading Related

Beatrix Potter got her poetry from prose: which is to say, from speech, concentrated. Written in an age when it was still assumed that children would not suffer brain damage from hearing a phrase they couldn’t immediately understand, the books are plentifully supplied with elevated verbal constructions. The bright child sees unfamiliar phrases going by [...]

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Learning, Entertainment and Academic Writing – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

September 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Complexity, Culture, Elitism, Writing

The necessity to entertain could sometimes be the enemy of learning, but not as often as the deadly freedom to write as if nobody would ever read the results except a faculty supervisor who owed his post to the same exemption.

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The Value of Education – “Goodbye Babylon: Further Journeys in Time and Politics” – Bob Ellis

September 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Policy, Politics, Quotes

Ben Chifley to Nugget Coombs, 1944: “I’d rather have had your education than a thousand pound.”

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Greater Than Nature Will Allow -“Frankenstein” – Mary Shelley

May 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.

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A Half Baked People – “The White Tiger” – Aravind Adiga

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments · India

Me, and thousands of others in this country like me, are half-baked, because we were never allowed to complete our schooling. Open our skulls, look in with a penlight, and you’ll find an odd museum of ideas: sentences of history or mathematics remembered from school textbooks (no boy remembers his schooling like the one who [...]

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