Quoted from an article by David Orr, called “What is Education For?”:
There is a myth that the purpose of education is that of giving you the means for upward mobility and success. Thomas Merton once identified this as the “mass production of people literally unfit for anything except to take part in an elaborate and completely artificial charade.”…
The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.
This short video by John Boswell is what Mr Rogers was all about, remixed and auto-tuned just so.
There are only two kinds of people on this planet:
– Those who immediately click the replay button once this video is finished
– And those who should not be allowed to take any job that has anything remotely to do with education.
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“I didn’t order any whistles…” Love it.
Done right, theological education is about sharpening.
Or to change the metaphor, it’s about your footwork. It’s about your swing. It’s unnatural. It’s not always like praxis. We concentrate on these things now in order that they flow naturally, unconsciously, later.
Training evanglists in libraries and lectures full of just Christians is no odder than training doctors with books and lectures full of other healthy students.
If you want to be a rocket scientist, start by learning mathematics on planet Earth.
(Variations of the chop-sharpen quotation are often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but Lincoln scholars have yet to find a source.)
When I started at LBC (now LST), no one had to put a note like this on my desk. This is just how I felt anyway. This is how it should be. Tell me companies can’t afford to be like this in today’s economic climate. Tell me that this has nothing to do with Apple’s current success.
(note originally posted on M’s Instagram page.)