Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Socrates understood the difference between an education and a certificate

From the Quotation of the day mailing list came this quote:

"Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge."
- G. M. Trevelyan

This captures well the difference between

1) having an education where a person gains knowledge and wisdom
2) having a certificate which means a person has passed a set of requirements

There is a problem in our society as many people confuse the two, because there is some correlation. Socrates would have laughed at all the degrees floating around today.

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1 comment:

Alchesay said...

i am homeschooled and this is the exact reason i wanted to start, thank you for this blog keep it up. people need to be more aware of homeschoolings potential.