Sunday, December 23, 2007

effect of education on character

According to Bertrand Russell, the effect of Aristotle's teaching on Alexander was nil. ‎We can generalise this to affirm that the effect of education on character is zero – or even ‎negative. ‎

In light of the recent events in Bangladesh involving the academic community, it can be ‎safely inferred that with education comes a progressive deterioration in character. What ‎would have appeared culpable to any illiterate peasant appeared not only innocent, but ‎even laudable, to our teachers and students. Tolstoy was right to elevate the unlettered ‎farmer above the educated intellectual.‎

After all, it took a massive amount of education to turn French peasants into murderers. ‎

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