Friday, October 29, 2010

Twitter Book Club: Alfred North Whitehead (1917-1929) The Aims of Education - Chapter 4

Technical Education and its relation to science & literature

"inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for it's vigorous exercise. (cont) http://tl.gd/6m2grlless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"In its essence a liberal education is an education for thought and for ├Žsthetic appreciation." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"education must pass beyond the passive reception of the ideas of others." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"There is a curious illusion that a more complete culture was possible when there was less to know." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator


A lot of what Whitehead writes sounds as if he is talking about the world in relation to what is going on today even though his work is nearly 90 years old. This quote could just as well apply to the political rhetoric we hear from those who say they want to, "Take our country back," or even for those who push for culturally homogeneous schools.

"[The scientist] acquires knowledge to appease his passion for discovery. He does not discover in order to (cont) http://tl.gd/6m2nekless than a minute ago via Twittelator


Discovery & Wonder, I absolutely love this recipe!

"The pleasure which art and science can give to rookie the enjoyment which arises from successfully directed intention." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"in teaching you will come to grief as soon as you forget that your pupils have bodies." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator


No bathroom breaks, stay seated, do not move, no talking,...

"What the learned world tends to offer is one second-hand scrap of information illustrating ideas derived (cont) http://tl.gd/6m2tg2less than a minute ago via Twittelator


This statement reminds me so much of E. M. Forster's The Machine Stops.

"The art of education is never easy." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twitterrific


Tell that to all those vendors at conferences who try to sell us on notions that they have a solution that will make education "easy."

"We shall ruin mathematical education if we use it merely to impress general truths." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"If you want to understand anything, make it yourself, is a sound rule. Your faculties will be alive, your (cont) http://tl.gd/6mj74iless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"there is no necessary connection between literature and grammar." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"Now there are two kinds of intellectual enjoyment: the enjoyment of creation, and the enjoyment of (cont) http://tl.gd/6mjbtkless than a minute ago via Twittelator



"Art and literature have not merely an indirect effect on the main energies of life. Directly, they give vision." Whiteheadless than a minute ago via Twittelator

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