He Who Has Intelligent Relations With Life Will Produce Good Work

I should be inclined to say of education, as Mr. Lecky* says of morals, that “the Utilitarian theory is profoundly immoral.” To educate children for any immediate end––towards commercial or manufacturing aptitude, for example––is to put a premium upon general ignorance with a view to such special aptitude. The greater includes the less, but the less does not include the greater. Excellent work of whatever kind is produced by a person of character and intelligence, and we who teach cannot do better for the nation than to prepare such persons for its uses. He who has intelligent relations with life will produce good work. ~ Charlotte Mason

*William Edward Hartpole Lecky, History of European Morals from Augustus to Charlemagne, 1869

Man With a Plow Horse by Winslow Homer, 1879

 

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