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A traveler studies the menu over a transatlantic liner or, indeed, in a few American hotels a paralyzing sensation. There is certainly a lot to eat--for a lot more than they can possibly digest. One sometimes gets the same feeling Oposiciones, which also provides an enormous bill of fare. Almost any dish are available in it, from Greek to stenography, from music to economics. How are we to choose from the bewildering profusion? What dishes ought we to order when we wish not only to fill ourselves up, but to find the nourishment essential to a proper life, being really educated people?

That question cannot be answered without asking and answering another--what is education for? In the event that problem were suddenly put to pupils in college, at to students while attending college, or even to their parents, I doubt if these could, around the unexpectedly, provide a clear and convincing reply. Most of us are educated because our parents from it, or because attendance in school is a practice of our society, or because it's compulsory, or since it is apparently required to success in be conclusive reasons behind desiring education or, at any getting from this what it has to give; of course, if we go to back of out minds, we are prone to rise from my meal there replete perhaps but ill-nourished. Let me, therefore, start with asking that which you seek in education. In answering this, I shall ignore to focus on the most crucial of most.


Get hold of the catalogues from the colleges in the usa. You will discover courses in innumerable subjects. Can there be any common feature in these courses? Can there be any aim which all of them have? I do believe that there is a common feature which every course given includes a similar aim. Each of them are designed for the first-rate; the purpose of every course is to assist the student to find out what's first-rate within the particular subject that she studies. If it is a course in English, the goal is always that he should be aware of what exactly is good English; if it's a course in agriculture, which he ought to know the very best methods in framing; when it is a training course in cookery or perhaps in dressmaking, it really is to show the pupil how you can cook in order to make dresses effectively. The same is true of a course in almost any other subject--its aim is always to show what exactly is first-rate for the reason that subject. Here is the common thread that runs through all education. Whether we're teachers or students, we ought to get firmly inside our minds the idea that other things that can come by the way, education will probably be incomplete and unsatisfactory when it fails to give a clear view of let's say first-rate within the subject studied. Otherwise we may have got some knowledge, but we shall not have access to got education.

Educated activities spring from the creative and intellectual faculties of man's instinct, such as literature, art, architecture and music. I will life to add sciences and architecture, in those two subjects it is difficult for almost any but the expert to estimate quality, and several educated folks have not the close knowledge essential to judge are employed in them. However people have close and daily contract with the other four. Architecture surrounds him in each and every city, literature meets him on every bookstall, music assails his ears on his radio set and form and color is a part of lifestyle. The architecture may regularly be bad, the literature and music often puerile, the skill often undeserving from the name; but that's much more reason why we should be able, within then, to distinguish good from bad.

To gauge from the literature offered us in hotel bookstands, and by the majority of the music played about the radio and also by juke-boxes, we may become more discriminating over these fields than we have been. Whether it be asserted music and art and literature are not essentials of life however its frills, I might reply that, if so, it really is curious that they are on the list of few immortal things on the planet, and that, should a person which being remembered 2,000 years hence, the only real certain approach is to write down an excellent poem or book, compose an excellent symphony, paint an excellent picture, carve a fantastic sculpture, or build a great picture. For those who have any doubts relating to this, consider why long-dead people like, Plato and Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Raphael, Ictinus and Bramante, are remembered today.