The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
I’m not a huge fan of Jean Piaget, actually. Nor, the more I think about it, this quote. Because… well. Parse it. Does education have only one, principal goal? Not really. It has a whole bunch, dunnit? And it’s very laudable to create men who are capable of doing new things. I suppose. Or presumptuous. Or… As I said, the more I think about it, the more problematic this quote becomes for me. But I’m keeping it here–because it makes me think. And so it’s done its work.