sábado, 23 de noviembre de 2013

Reflection Thirteen

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”  Sydney J. Harris
Interesting thought.  What do you think?   Explain.  Post to your blog.

I'm wasn't sure what to think so I looked around to see what other people say. Most say that the quote means that the uneducated person can only see himself/herself and his or her immediate surroundings. Whereas the educated person can see beyond the walls of his or her personal experience into the wider world. I think this is a reasonable interpretation.
I would like to see the original context and read the rest of what Mr. Harris had to say.

I found a little more of the quote. Here's some more context: Most people are mirrors reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. (http://dilliabdurnahi.tumblr.com/post/36997083747/most-people-are-mirrors-reflecting-the-moods-and)
The sentences preceding the quote seem to indicate that Mr. Harris is talking about the effect that educated and uneducated people have on the world around them. It seems he wants to say that the uneducated might be followers, people who simply go with the times. If there is injustice the uneducated will not challenge it. If bigotry and jingoism are the norm they will participate. They may be easily manipulated. He seems to indicate, on the other hand, that the educated will illuminate their world. They will resist injustice, bigotry and jingoism, and they will not be easily manipulated.

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