Friday, March 14, 2008

What is education?

No student in Singapore is being educated today. Yes, they're learning skills. They're gaining knowledge. But they're not being educated. Moral and civics education lessons in schools are less about frank and honest examination of values and philosophy than outright manipulation of emotions.

So, am I educated? I would like to think so, but I also know I am definitely less educated than I would wish to be. I've not even touched 5% of the books in the Western Canon. Heck, I'm struggling though Don Quixote and Canterbury Tales! Not to mention the Discourses of Livy, Leviathan, Wealth of Nations, etc.

Oh well.


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