“Those who in the Elysian fields would dwell Do but extend the boundaries of hell.” Oakeshott – Tower of Babel In his book ‘Cultural Literacy, What Every American Should Know’ ED Hirsch writes that: The complex undertakings of modern life depend on the cooperation of many people with different specialties in different places. When communications … More Tower of Babel: Where ED Hirsch Gets It Wrong
“Beauty, which is what is meant by art…is no mere accident to human life, which people can take or leave as they choose, but a positive necessity of life…” William Morris Are we all Luddites now? In the dim and distant past some people suggested that pupils wouldn’t have to learn their times tables … More A Load of Pollocks?
For Oakeshott: “…education is not a technocratic process of creating future workers, or even a simple transfer of knowledge. It is an adventure, an initiation into what he called “the conversation of mankind”. It is how we learn to be human.” Jesse Norman MP How refreshing to think of education, not as a journey but as an … More Voices: An Initiation Into The Conversation Of Mankind.