"The highest result of education is tolerance."
Helen Keller
(1880-1968) Blind-Deaf Author
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Though a noble sentiment, Im not sure lenience, or an open or broad-mindedness to accept or endure anothers difference; or, an allowance made for deviation is the highest result of education. Following the narrow focus and moving from a Greek philosophy to a Hebrew realism, to become substantive love with ability to love the being (our fellow man individually our brothers and sisters), without consideration of his acts, I think, would be loftier. Also, if the education is complete with an ability to apply that which is learned may rate right along with a highest result.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Well, if tolerance is the highest result of education, then what the hell is being taught in colleges today! ;-) Diversity training is not necessarily teaching tolerance, but division. Teaching the fundamentals that connect us all does not require $25,000 a year, perhaps that's why it's just not included any more. While individualism is protected for 'minorities' (they might 'lose' their identity if we all don't buy into it), the common people must adjust and conform and be 'tolerant' of those who are essentially intolerant of others.

    The more I think of it, the more I question this whole 'tolerance' thing. Obviously everything cannot be tolerated. Tolerance is a discipline in the face of opposition, but it should not be a surrender or a giving up of one's own volition and responsibilities.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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