Something to read aloud in front of the kids

December 14, 2011

The notion that the moon voyages provide us assurance of enough to eat exposes the shallowness of our intellectual confidence, for it is based upon our growing inability to distinguish between training and education. Training is a process of conditioning, an orderly and highly efficient procedure by which a man learns a prescribed pattern of facts and functions. Education, on the other hand, is an obscure process by which a person’s experience is brought into contact with his place and his history. A college can train a person in four years; it can barely begin his education in that time. A person’s education begins before his birth in the making of the disciplines, traditions, and attitudes of mind that he will inherit, and it continues until his death under the slow, expensive, uneasy tutelage of his experience. The process that produces astronauts may produce soldiers and factory workers and clerks; it will never produce good farmers or good artists or good citizens or good parents.

Berry again, “Discipline and Hope” in A Continuous Harmony, pp. 98-99, early 70s.

I tried to nick the opening about the moon landing as not timely, but it’s inclusio, as he ends with the process that produces astronauts. It’s a military process, that is, a factory process. Good for some things– anything that needs cramming– not for most.

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