What sort of instruction is best depends on who is being taught, and what sort of government is best depends on who is being ruled.
Why are children better at learning languages than adults? Because children are better at learning than adults.
Pretension is a debt, a loan taken against future learning. Sometimes the debtor pays it off; more often he becomes a bankrupt.
It is now possible to be innocent of mathematics, science, history, logic, and languages, and unblushingly refer to oneself as educated.
I can no longer read of an academic conference without thinking of the scene in Love and Death when Woody Allen and Diane Keaton bring their village idiot to a village idiots’ convention, where they are greeted by a huge banner reading WELCOME IDIOTS.
Students need to see thinking in action. Instead they are shown thinking accomplished, and the two look nothing alike.
School penalizes the student mildly for knowing less than the examiners, and harshly for knowing more.
Americans don’t read for pleasure; the books we are assigned in high school see to that.
Everyone wants higher standards, just not lower grades.
What audiences love and critics hate is likely vulgar; what audiences hate and critics love is likely malicious.