Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"Acquisition by Earning"

Still slogging away at Jonathan Kozol's Shame of the Nation. Here's a quote from page 211, on how today's "standards" and testing movement is not new at all:

Utilitarian objectives must be uppermost, a speaker told the members of the National Education Association in 1909. "Acquisition by earning" ought to be made the focus of our schoolchildren's desires, teachers were advised.

"Ordinarily, a love of learning is praiseworthy; but when this delight in the pleasures of learning becomes so intense and so absorbing that it diminishes the desire and the power of earning, it is positively harmful. Education that does not promote the desire [for] earning...is not worth the getting."


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