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Blurry Minds and Fuzzy Habits

At the same time as they foster he blurred mind, then, the elementary and secondary schools postpone and finaly make unpalatable the ancient discipline of work.

…. no way has yet been found to teach him how to write. The sole magic that could make freshman composition succeed would be the belief on the part of both student and teacher that writing mattered, that the instructor was bored by dullness, offended by barbarisms, and outraged by nonsense. Then the student might begin to feel, through his written work, a moral responsibility for his intellectual acts. As things are, he writes in order to gain three credits…

Jacques Barzun: The House of Intellect, ch. V, Instruction without Authority

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