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Allan Bloom
(1930-1992) born on
Sep 14
US educator, actor. He wrote the best-seller "Closing of the American Mind," 1987, a damning critique of U.S. higher education.
         
   
F
We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part.

R
The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.
A
Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise. . . specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
N
Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.
K
As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Closing of the American Mind," pt. 2, "Our Ignorance," 1987.
R: "The Closing of the American Mind," Preface, 1987.
A: "The Closing of the American Mind," pt. 1, "The Clean Slate," 1987.
N: "The Closing of the American Mind," pt. 1, "Books," 1987.
K: "The Closing of the American Mind," pt. 1, "The Clean Slate," 1987.
   


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