Quote of the Week: The purpose of Education

by Anna Blanch on September 25, 2008

Following on from recent themes in “Quote of the Week” territory, I present a collection of quotes on the topic of the purpose of education:

A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness.
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes (1919 – 1990), in Forbes Magazine

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes Laertius

And two quotes from Herbert Spencer (1820-1903):

Education has for its object the formation of character.

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

The formation of what kind of character? and for what purpose? When we speak of wanting to encourage and educate for the purpose of an open mind – what kind of ideas and thoughts do we want the mind to be open to? To what end do we labour?

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