Education in a Nutshell

19 Dec

Ah, there’s too much of that sending to school in these days!  It only does harm.  Every gatepost and barn’s door you come to is sure to have some bad word or other chalked upon it by the young rascals:  a woman can hardly pass for shame sometimes.   If they’d never been taught how to write they wouldn’t have been able to scribble such villainy.  Their fathers couldn’t do it, and the country was all the better for it.”

There you have it – don’t bother with educating your children.  They’ll just turn to graffiti.  And who needs that?



Posted by on December 19, 2012 in The Blog, The Return of the Native



2 responses to “Education in a Nutshell

  1. Norma carey

    December 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    That was one of my observations too! I have been noting the depiction of the class system in so many novels lately (classic that is). Even in Downton Abbey there was a scenario where one of the housemaids was sneaking off to secretarial school. And of course, African Americans were thought of as naturally illiterate. Now today we almost have an opposite problem. Since all Americans are entitled to attend public school, it is no longer regarded as a privilege or responsibility but instead, something to “endure”.

  2. Jeannette

    December 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Very interesting thoughts, Norma. Seeing education as something to “endure” – that’s so sad.


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