Friday, November 5, 2010

A quotation fit for modern education

Classicists will love this one from Evelyn Waugh. 
[Headmaster]: "Parents are not interested in producing the ‘complete man’ any more. They want to qualify their boys for jobs in the modern world. You can hardly blame them, can you?” “Oh yes,” said Scott-King. “I can and do ... I think it would be very wicked indeed to do anything to fit a boy for the modern world.”
This extract could have just as easily come from Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Orwell's 1984, or even Brave New World.  Richard Gamble provides the correct context, along with his comments, here

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