Friday, January 03, 2014


He Graduates a Dunce

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals (April 13, 1834):
A young man is to be educated, and schools are built, and masters brought together, and gymnasium erected, and scientific toys and monitorial systems and a college endowed with many professorships, and the apparatus is so enormous and unmanageable that the e-ducation or calling out of his faculties is never accomplished; he graduates a dunce.
Id. (September 14, 1839):
How sad a spectacle, so frequent nowadays, to see a young man after ten years of college education come out, ready for his voyage of life, and to see that the entire ship is made of rotten timber, of rotten, honeycombed, traditional timber without so much as an inch of new plank in the hull.

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