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Education for Life

Michael A Simpson
Curationis | Vol 8, No 4 | a654 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v8i4.654 | © 1985 Michael A Simpson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1985 | Published: 27 September 1985

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Michael A Simpson,, South Africa

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Abstract

I’ll do something rather dangerous today, and something very unusual for a major national expert in education. I’ll tell the truth about education. It’s not a pretty story, because it’s a story of murder. Soul murder; the persistent diminution of the natural spirit of inquiry; the solemn clipping of wings; nurturing bonsai brains, preparing not for growth and creation throughout life, but sedation for the long littleness of life. John Kenneth Galbrath once said: I f you can’t always comfort the afflicted — sometimes its useful to afflict the comfortable.

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