by Sean Wheeler
“Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books. Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the book-worm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
In perhaps the most provocative line in his “American Scholar” speech, given in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 31, 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson makes a distinction between two conceptions of education. On one side, that of the “book-worm”, students are to go about the work of studying greatness. On the other side, and the one engaged by the Wikiseat project, is a conception of education that promotes thinking and the actual potential for greatness of the students…
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