1. Introduction: Discussing the Meaning of Education in General


1.1.   Sum up in three sentences the meaning of education for your life. Do you think

         education is important for you? Discuss.


1.2.  Comment on one of the statements  concerning education and compare it to

         your findings (cf. first assignment). One student takes the chair and conducts a

         discussion about education arranging the quotations into several groups.



1. "Ye can lade a man up to th’ university, but ye can’t make him think." (Finley Peter Dunne)



2. "Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave." (Lord Brougham)



3. "Education has for its object the formation of character." (Herbert Spencer)


4. "No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience." (John Locke)



5. "Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators." (Amos Bronson Alcott)


6. "A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one." (Benjamin Franklin)



7. "We are students of words: we are shut up in schools and colleges and recitation-rooms for ten or fifteen year, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing." (Emerson)



8. "Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained." (James A. Garfield)



9. "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." (Oscar Wilde)



10. "Enlighten the people generally and tyranny and oppression of both mind and body will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." (Thomas Jefferson)


11. "True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world."

(Felix Schelling)


12. "Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid." (Oscar Wilde)


13. "Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run." (Mark Twain)



14. "People don’t choose their careers; they are engulfed by them." (John Dos Passos)


15. "It is very nearly impossible … to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind." (James Baldwin)



16. "What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul." (Joseph Addison)



17. "Better build schoolrooms for 'the boy'

Than cells and gibbets for 'the man';” (Eliza Cook)


18. "We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence." (Remy De Gourmont)



19. "The three R’s of our school system must be supported by the three T’s – teachers who are superior, techniques of instruction that are modern, and thinking about education which places it first in all our plans and hopes." (Lyndon B. Johnson)


20. "The life-fate of the modern individual depends not only upon the family into which he was born or which he enters by marriage, but increasingly upon the corporation in which he spends the most alert hours of his best years." (C. Wright Mills)




2. Will Hunting's Attitudes towards Education and Career


In the following lessons we are going to watch five episodes taken from the movie Good Will Hunting that help us to get an idea of various attitudes towards education in the USA at present. Afterwards you will write an essay dealing with the different roles of education in people’s lives including yours in the USA and elsewhere (e.g. in Germany).


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