Saturday, September 08, 2007
It's "Back to School" Season
"When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all."
—Paul Simon, “Kodachrome”
Oops...wrong Paul Simon. Can you help me, Noam?
"Education is a system of enforced ignorance."
Now, we’re cooking with gas…
The Little Dragon sez:
"Set patterns, incapable of adaptability, of pliability, only offer a better cage. Truth is outside of all patterns ... The more aware you become, the more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh and uncontaminated by previous conditioning."
After taking Bruce’s first shot, a few other sluggers weigh in…
George Bernard Shaw: "A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education."
John Dewey: "Education ... is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
Nelson Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Pete Seeger: "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t."
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
Flannery O’Conner: "Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude."
David Lee Roth:
"Got it bad, got it bad, got it bad...I’m hot for teacher."
Mark Twain: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
George Santayana: "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child."
"You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library."
(from Good Will Hunting)
Pablo Picasso: All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Oscar Wilde: "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught."
Zack de la Rocha:
"The teacher stands in front of the class with a lesson plan he can’t recall /The students eyes can’t perceive the lies bouncing off every fucking wall/His composure is well kept/I guess he fears being played the fool/The complacent students sit and listen to that bullshit he learned in school."
(from “Take the Power Back")
Paulo Freire: "Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity OR it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
Walker Percy: "You can get all A’s and still flunk life."
Alice Cooper: "School’s out...forever."