Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why we educate...

"They [universities] are not intended to teach the knowledge required to fit men for some special mode of gaining a livelihood. Their object is not to make skilful lawyers or physicians, but capable and cultivated human beings… Education makes a man a more intelligent shoemaker, but not by teaching him how to make shoes."
– John Stuart Mills discussing the purpose of universities when becoming the rector of St. Andrews University in 1867
(Quote liftted from New Saint Andrews College)

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