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APPENDIX I.
THE VALUE OF EDUCATION
Education is not an end, but a means to an end. In other words, we dont educate
children only for the purpose of educating them. Our purpose is to fit them for life.
When we realize this fact we will understand that it is very important to choose a
system of education. This system will prepare children for life.
It is not enough to choose the first system of education one finds; or to continue
with ones old system of education without examining it to see whether it is in fact
suitable or not.
In many modern countries it was fashionable during some time to think that, by
free education for all whether rich or poor, clever or stupid one can solve all the
problems of society and build a perfect nation.
But now free education for all is not enough. We find in such countries a far
larger number of people with university degrees than there are jobs for them.
Because of their degrees they refused to do what they think low work.
But more often the work of a completely uneducated farmer is far more important
than that of a professor. We can live without education, but we die without food.
There will be terrible diseases because of the rubbish in our streets. The professors
will waste much of their time doing housework.
In fact it is really good when our education fits us for life . It means that each of
us is doing a job which is suited to his brain and ability. We understand that all jobs
are necessary to society, and it is very bad to be ashamed of ones work , or to scorn
someone elses. Only such type of education we can call valuable to society.
Notes
1
the first system... one finds = the first system that one finds
2
to see = to understand
3
in fact = really
4
one can solve = it is possible to solve
5
work... is thought to be dirty = it is thought that the work is dirty.
6
far more important = much more important 'that of = the work of
7
That of the work of
8
we should get terrible diseases зд . у нас (в городах ) распространились бы
ужасные болезни
9
to scorn = to despise презирать
Questions
1. What is the purpose of education as it is defined in the text (in your opinion)?
2. Why is it necessary to examine any system of education before choosing it?
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APPENDIX I.

THE VALUE OF EDUCATION

Education is not an end, but a means to an end. In other words, we don’t educate
children only for the purpose of educating them. Our purpose is to fit them for life.
When we realize this fact we will understand that it is very important to choose a
system of education. This system will prepare children for life.
It is not enough to choose the first system of education one finds; or to continue
with one’s old system of education without examining it to see whether it is in fact
suitable or not.
In many modern countries it was fashionable during some time to think that, by
free education for all – whether rich or poor, clever or stupid – one can solve all the
problems of society and build a perfect nation.
But now free education for all is not enough. We find in such countries a far
larger number of people with university degrees than there are jobs for them.
Because of their degrees they refused to do what they think ‘low’ work.
But more often the work of a completely uneducated farmer is far more important
than that of a professor. We can live without education, but we die without food.
There will be terrible diseases because of the rubbish in our streets. The professors
will waste much of their time doing housework.
In fact it is really good when our education fits us for life . It means that each of
us is doing a job which is suited to his brain and ability. We understand that all jobs
are necessary to society, and it is very bad to be ashamed of one’s work , or to scorn
someone else’s. Only such type of education we can call valuable to society.

Notes
1
the first system... one finds = the first system that one finds
2
to see = to understand
3
in fact = really
4
one can solve = it is possible to solve
5
work... is thought to be dirty = it is thought that the work is dirty.
6
far more important = much more important 'that of = the work of
7
That of – the work of
8
we should get terrible diseases — зд. у нас (в городах) распространились бы
ужасные болезни
9
to scorn = to despise — презирать
Questions
1. What is the purpose of education as it is defined in the text (in your opinion)?
2. Why is it necessary to examine any system of education before choosing it?