"Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little
of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent
obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children
for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses."
C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
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Thank goodness for "beneficent obstinacy"!
 -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Self expanitory for those of a free and open mind set,
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    They should not be attempting anything in the first place. This is where social engineering comes in. All they are suppose to do is learn the kids to read open their minds to the beauty of things like art, poetry, literature, the sciences etc and let them fly. Lewis was an Englishman and apparently was talking about English educationalists so it has no meaning to American schooling.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Another statement coming from a person whose schooling was confused and truamatic so much so it turned him into a fellow athiest (OK, agnostic).
     -- RobertSRQ     
     -- warren, olathe      
    C. S. Lewis an atheist or agnostic??!! Wake up.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    What he is saying is that formal indoctrinist schooling has its obstacles in people who actually care. It's a very valid point, and we need to keep up the battle against what has become an education system based more on communist than free values. I don't care at all what his religious, political or cultural beliefs are. He's hit the nail right on the head.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Communism is dead, J where have you been. The American society and its educational system beat it. Wake up. But then with out the bogey man of communism you would have nothing to live an fight for.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Communism is dead, Waffler? What planet do you live on?! Who do you think makes half the crap you buy -- communist Chinese! Marx's 10 planks have been nearly completely adopted as domestic policy by the federal government. Socialist 'educators' are firmly entrenched in the public school system. Talk about someone that needs to wake up...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Did Waffler give this a 0 rating because... he agreed with Lewis that "educationalists" (socialist-style teachers) were wrong? How peculiar. Waffler, you need to (re-)read the quote slower buddy.
     -- Brandon, Knoxville, TN     
    Nice quotation, but doesn't take into account the "real mothers & real nurses" who pay no attention to their political environment, or are convinced by the hard-leaning leftists.
     -- Vera, Monroe, CT     
    A half-thought from a half-sane dreamer.
     -- anonymous     
     -- jim k, austin tx      
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or      
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