Wednesday, 13 July 2016

On Exactitude In Education

After Jorge-Luis Borges, my greatest teacher.


... In that Empire, the Art of Teaching attained such Perfection that the assessment of a single child occupied the entirety of a School, and the assessment of a School, the entirety of the Empire. In time, those Unconscionable Frameworks no longer satisfied, and the Teachers Guild struck an Imperial Curriculum whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Teaching as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Curriculum was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Politics and Markets. In the Classrooms of the West, still today, there are tattered ruins of that Curriculum, harboured by Idealists and Charlatans; in all the Land there is no other relic of the Discipline of Teaching.


—Suarez Miranda,Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV,Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658