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Notes Towards the Definition of Culture
Notes Towards the Definition of Culture

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via Andrew Francis on 6/3/2019, 9:51:55 AM

authored-by T. S. Eliot on 6/3/2019, 9:51:55 AM

excerpt But the ideal of an educational system which would automatically sort out everyone according to his native capacities is unattainable in practice and if we made it our chief aim, would disorganize society and debase education. It would disorganize society, by substituting for classes, elites of brains, or perhaps only of sharp wits. Any educational system aiming at a complete adjustment between education and society will tend both to restrict education to what will lead to success in the world, and to restrict success in the world to those persons who have been good pupils of the system. The prospect of a society ruled and directed only by those who have passed certain examinations or satisfied tests devised by psychologists is not reassuring: while it might give scope to talents hitherto obscured, it would probably obscure others, and reduce to impotence some who should have rendered high service. Furthermore, the ideal of a uniform system such that no one capable of receiving higher education could fail to get it, leads imperceptibly to the education of too many people, and consequently to the lowering of standards to whatever this swollen number of candidates is able to reach. 100 on 6/3/2019, 9:55:43 AM

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references Karl Mannheim on 2/2/2020, 9:32:26 PM


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