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Ayn Rand on Education

 


Purpose of education is to teach how to live your life

The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life--by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past--and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.
Source: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, p. 88, by Ayn Rand , Jan 1, 1999

Education should equip students for learning on their own

The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past--and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own efforts.
Source: The Ayn Rand Lexicon, by Harry Binswanger, p.137 , Jan 1, 1988

Montessori system overcomes crippling "progressive" theories

The academia-jet set coalition is attempting to tame the American character by the deliberate breeding of helplessness and resignation--in those incubators of lethargy known as "Progressive" schools, which are dedicated to the task of crippling a child's mind by arresting his cognitive development. It appears, however, that the "progressive" rich will be the first victims of their own social theories: it is the children of the well-to-do who emerge from expensive nursery schools and colleges as hippies, and destroy the remnants of their paralyzed brains by means of drugs.

The middle class has created an antidote which is perhaps the most hopeful movement of recent years: the spontaneous, unorganized, grass-roots revival of the Montessori system of education--a system aimed at the development of a child's cognitive, i.e., rational, faculty.

Source: Ayn Rand Library Vol. 1, p.214, by Ayn Rand , Nov 1, 1984

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