Point of Interest

25th January 2013 at 00:00

Measure of success

The test of successful education is not the amount of knowledge that a pupil takes away from school, but his appetite to know and his capacity to learn. If the school sends out children with the desire for knowledge and some idea how to acquire it, it will have done its work. Too many leave school with the appetite killed and the mind loaded with undigested lumps of information. The good schoolmaster is known by the number of valuable subjects which he declines to teach.

From The Future in Education (1941), by Sir Richard Winn Livingstone (1880-1960).

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