Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Whole Education vs. Abstract
Education should introduce the Greats to us and invite us to debate the most significant questions of all time, to find the meaning of life and to come face to face with the heroes that will inspire individual virtue. Tocqueville suggested that in a democracy we tend to focus on single theories; abstractions of a whole array of the greatest ideas and truths available in a whole education. The old writers are not perfect, nor are they always right, but they do make us aware of our individual imperfections as they portray human nature in a raw state. Intellectual danger lurks in our society when the university succumbs to teaching and promoting only the opinions of today's popular culture and current ideologies.