Friday, February 15, 2013


Universal Education

George Saintsbury (1845-1933), A Scrap Book (London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1922), p. 72:
The present ideal, therefore, of giving all the fifty millions intensive and identical education, from Kindergarten or even crèche to University Honours Schools, not only spells bankruptcy and other unpleasant things, of which a little more later, but involves the most enormous absurdity. You might as well attempt to train every four-legged donkey to Derby form, and subject every drop of currant or gooseberry juice to the elaborate processes which turn out champagne.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Ass at School

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