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


2 Responses to Measurement

  1. Teresa says:

    In most of our schools, yes, it is as dead as a doornail. doorknob? I think that’s one reason that many people decide to teach their children at home. Of course there are also the people who want to teach their children religion or something, but I know of one good friend who taught her children at home and her kids are amazing. In a public school, their creativity and sense of adventure would have just been squashed. I wish that I had had the heart and the capability of teaching my son at home. He turned out great anyway, no thanks to the school system.

  2. quotesqueen says:

    It’s a doornail that’s dead, although I certainly think it could be argued that a doorknob is just as dead.

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