Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some Thoughts on Education

"Attaining the goal of high-quality education offers glittering prizes. It promises to produce a greater proportion of people who are more than mere foot soldiers in the economic struggle, by helping them both to get and to give more in their social and cultural experience, and to have lives more fulfilling and participatory both in work and outside it - especially in the amenities of social intercourse, and in the responsibilities of civic and political engagement. People who are better informed and more reflective are more likely to be considerate than those who are - and who are allowed to remain - ignorant, narrow-minded, selfish, and uncivil in the profound sense that characterizes so much human experience now."

- A.C. Grayling, from the book "The Meaning of Things: Applying Philsophy to Life."

"Aristotle said that we educate ourselves so that we can make noble use of our leisure."
- A.C. Grayling

"A politically conscious civil society...is active organized and alert. Such a civil society will have a good understanding about the existence and functions of the different institutions, and about both their powers and the constitutional limits to their power."

- From the article "Good Governance for Africa" by Julius Nyerere:

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