Früh übt sich, wer ein Meister sein will - Start young, if you want to be a master. (Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell)
Can tablets take the place of teachers? (h/t askblog)
I seem to remember, both before going to school (and in school) it was impressed on me that I could not (yet) learn and grasp what was being taught in school (the higher grades). I believed them. It took me decades to systematically distrust educational authorities and to practice my ability to approach truth independently of human totems of authoritativeness, be they teachers, professors or other ritually empowered experts.
Eventually it dawned on me, in remarkably large measure, (pre-)educational socialisation and education itself are aimed at incapacitating the human urge and need to learn, so as to subordinate the human mind to concerns of social station and self-importance.
“Aufklärung ist der Ausgang des Menschen aus seiner selbst verschuldeten Unmündigkeit …”,
the full quote in English:
“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!”
Immanuel Kant, Königsberg (Prussia), 30 September 1784