Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Education is kindling a flame not filling a vessel

Academic skills are just a relatively small component of a whole nexus of traits that make up a well-rounded 
human being - including such qualities as empathy, emotional intelligence, 
imagination, kindness and curiosity. 
I have met many highly intelligent people who were ill-functioning and dislikable human beings, and many 
people, not the sharpest tools in the box, who nevertheless had dignity, integrity and self-respect. 
Perhaps we would be more open to thinking about the subject if we valued such qualities more and the power of abstraction less.