- Our ruling elite assert that state education exists to serve the economy, business and the government but where are their credentials for these priorities and what right do they have to do this?
- Putting the government in charge of state education is a monstrous poisoning of the system and cause of all our educational ills.
- Asking the question what is teaching? - he argues that the primary task of any teacher is to teach the student to use Socratic dialect or elenchus, to teach thinking.
- Education is not an object that can be bought or sold, it cannot be unambiguously handed over to the student. To acquire it requires an active participation by the student.
- Elenchus, works to clear away the rubbish which clutters the average mind and blocks insight, understanding and truth.
- The best educational innovations are due to the ethical dimension of the elenchus, the teaching of virtue through thinking, which works upon existence and develops the personality.
- An educational encounter should embody a human advance of some kind. Can we approve of any education that only serves business or industry?
- Education has become little more than an instrument to serve the status quo.
- Education is never about skills, training, business, industry, organisation or management.
- Education is about the mind struggling at whatever level, through the various symbolic forms in all their variety to discover the meaning of it's own experience. It is intelligent exploration and anything else is training.
- The task of a teacher is to secure the necessary conditions for the autonomy of teaching and the freedom for their students to learn.
Having now seen the RA summer exhibition can only state how depressing it is, all the usual suspects in all the usual places. Wish that the academicians would make more space for the unknown and struggling artists instead of hanging their work around the galleries so that that it elevates some of the real dross on display around it, to the level of acceptable. i guess that it has to be all things to all people, judging by the number of red dots around there is little evidence of a food banks here.
And as Grayson Perry explains; "I now find myself agreeing with the cultural critic Stephen Bayley that good taste is that which does not alienate your peers. Shared taste helps bind the tribe. It signals to fellow adherents of a particular subculture that you understand the rules. Within the group of, say, modified hatchback drivers, there is good and bad taste in loud cars in much the same way as there is good and bad taste in installations within the art world."
Nuff said, but there are some arcane and dimwitted tribes within the artworld and here they all have their enthusiasms aired.