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Ukidhibiti fikra za mtu, hakuna haja kudhibiti matendo yake.
- Carter G. Woodson
The fact that I did not send my daughters to school is, of course, connected to the fact that I hold an unfavorable opinion of it. I criticize contemporary schools because they do not educate for life, they equalize everyone to a very low level, and in addition, they do not tolerate the talented and those who diverge from the average.
Let us take this step by step, and start with your first remark: schools do not educate for life. Is the old Latin saying “One learns not for the sake of school, but of life” pointless?
Contemporary schools are separate from real life in that they function sort of as laboratories. There is no link with domestic or political or local public life or the everyday cares of living one’s life on the one hand, and school on the other.
My daughters, who have never visited a school, grew up much more in the context of real life. Contemporary schools do not promote a love of learning. They do not inspire to great achievements; they raise neither autonomous people nor communally-oriented ones...
The teacher cannot “tailor” the study material for most of the students’ individual needs. So, they cannot make each child work to their potential. Too often they must make the whole class mechanically repeat more or less identical tasks.”
"The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women. Instead of studying books so constantly, how I wish that our schools and colleges might learn to study men and things!"
Kadri umri unavyokwenda ndivyo naamini zaidi hakuna elimu unayoweza kuipata kupitia vitabu na gharama kubwa ambayo ni sawa kama elimu unayoweza kuipata kwa kuwafahamu wanaume na wanawake bora. Badala ya kusoma vitabu tu sikuzote, natamani sana shule zetu na vyuo vyetu wajifunze kusoma watu na mambo!
Men at some time are masters of their fates.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Watu wakati mwingine hutawala sudi zao:
Kosa, mpenzi Buruto, si kosa la nyota zetu, kwamba tu watu wa chini,
bali ni letu wenyewe.