26 December 2013

Importance of Education

"All professions are conspiracies against the laity." George Bernard Shaw, "The Doctor's Dilemma"

"Give a man fish, and you feed him for one day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." Chinese Proverb
"Train up a fig tree in the way it should go; and when you are old, sit under it." Charles Dickens, "Dombey and Son"
"If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a
broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods." Emerson
"Everyman who does not teach his son a trade, it is as though he teaches him to rob" Haggadah, "Palestinian Talmud"
Importance of Professional Education is undeniable. Professional Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means, the training that makes them happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others. The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a center of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization. The students should be led into right paths, not by severity but by persuasion. The direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future life. We should train up the individuals in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it.
"This education forms the common mind, just as the twig is bent, the trees inclined." Alexander Pope, "Moral Essays"

Skills vary with man. We must tread a straight path and strive by that which is born in us. Every man must row with the ores he has. The same man cannot well be skilled in everything; each has his special excellence. Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions at large, except they are bounded in by experience. Therefore, blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness, just on the same grounds, he hat will not work according to his faculty, let him perish according to his necessity; there is no law jester than that. It is the observed fact that most learners do violence to their natural aptitude, and thus attain superiority in nothing. Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel. When men are rightly occupied, their amusement grows out of their work, as the color-petals out of a fruitful flower. Vocations, which we wanted to pursuer but did not bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence. One should stick to the sort of thing for which one was made.

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself” Galileo
The artisan or scientist or the follower of whatever discipline who has the habit of comparing himself not with other followers but with the discipline itself will have a lower opinion of himself, excellent he is.

Either dance well or quit the ballroom.” Greek Proverb

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