St Fritz, teacher

posted by Kaihsu Tai on September 4th, 2006

Today let us remember Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (born 1911-08-16; died 1977-09-04), who said:

Education can help us only if it produces “whole men”. The truly educated man is not a man who knows a bit of everything, not even the man who knows all the details of all subjects (if such a thing were possible): the “whole man” in fact, may have little detailed knowledge of facts and theories, he may treasure the Encyclopædia Britannica because “she knows and he needn’t”, but he will be truly in touch with the centre. He will not be in doubt about his basic convictions, about his view on the meaning and purpose of his life. He may not be able to explain these matters in words, but the conduct of his life will show a certain sureness of touch which stems from this inner clarity.

I like his books Small Is Beautiful (whence the quote; ISBN 0881791695) and This I Believe (ISBN 1870098668). Read them for the sake of those who are to come.

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