Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Quote of the day

[English textbook authors and educators ] see the world around them swayed by emotional propaganda -- they have learned from tradition that youth is sentimental -- and they conclude that the best thing they can do is to fortify the minds of young people against emotion. My own experience as a teacher tells an opposite tale. For every one pupil who needs to be guarded from a weak excess of sensibility there are three who need to be awakened from the slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.

-- C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man


Blogger stewdog said...

More impressive when put in context. He was being chased by a lion and a witch when he wrote that.

January 08, 2006 8:45 AM  

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