Chesterton on Education

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“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”

“Education is a word like ‘transmission’ or ‘inheritance:’ it is not an object but a method. It means the conveying of certain facts or qualities, to the last baby born.”

“That is the one eternal education; to be sure enough that something is true that you dare to tell it to a child.”

“Education is violent; because it is creative. It is creative because it is human. It is as reckless as playing on the fiddle; as dogmatic as drawing a picture; as brutal as building a house. In short, it is what all human action is; it is an interference with life and growth.”

“Dead things flow with the current; only living things swim upstream.”

G. K. Chesterton What’s Wrong With the World (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987)