Thursday, January 25

Ethos

Eton, the English boarding school which has been educating viceroys, prime ministers, and kings since 1440, is an institution with a strong ethos. We found this interesting quote in a Eton Renewed: A History From 1860 to the Present Day (p. 26), citing the words of one 19th century Eton master:

At school you are engaged not so much in acquiring knowledge as in making mental efforts under criticism. A certain amount of knowledge you can indeed with average faculties acquire so as to retain; nor need you regret the hours you spent on much that is forgotten, for the shadow of lost knowledge at least protects you from many illusions. But you go to a great school not so much for knowledge as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the art of expression, for the art of assuming at a moment's notice a new intellectual position, for the art of entering quickly into another person's thoughts, for the habit of submitting to censure and refutation, for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the art of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage, and for mental soberness. Above all, you go to a great school for self-knowledge.

What would we write about our Jewish schools?

1 Comments:

At 10:16 AM, Blogger ilan said...

What should we say for Jewish schools? I'd say that that quote would be a good start.

 

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