Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. ~Albert Einstein
What is now considered education, it seems to me, is teaching to a test, and test scores are the most important measure of the success of the educational system. I’m all for using outcomes to measure the success of programs, as long as we remember that for many programs, it’s next to impossible to really understand their impact by measuring. Who can say what reading great literature really does for a person? Yet we know it is of value.
Is the liberal education really dead in our modern world of job training disguised as school? As T. S. Eliot put it, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”–which reminds me of another of my favorite quotes: “Remember, Information is not knowledge; Knowledge is not wisdom; Wisdom is not truth; Truth is not beauty; Beauty is not love; Love is not music; Music is the best.” ~Frank Zappa