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Let’s Never Forget the Real Purpose of Education

Recently, one of our readers, Kara Bohannon, wrote in and mentioned that the blog post that day reminded her of her favorite quote and why she became a teacher:

“Dear Teacher,

I am the survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness:

Gas chambers built by learned engineers.

Children poisoned by educated physicians.

Infants killed by trained nurses.

Women and babies shot and burned by high school and college graduates.

photo credit: dalecruse via photopin cc

photo credit: dalecruse via photopin cc

So I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing and arithmetic are important only if they were to make our children more humane.”

– A principal to his teachers on the first day of school, “Teacher and Child”

That’s big picture perspective. Thanks Kara.

 

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Let’s Never Forget the Real Purpose of Education