C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis, (1898-1963), British novelist

C. S. Lewis Quote

“Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses.”

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
~ C. S. Lewis

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Thank goodness for "beneficent obstinacy"!

Mike, Norwalk

Self expanitory for those of a free and open mind set,

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

They should not be attempting anything in the first place. This is where social engineering comes in. All they are suppose to do is learn the kids to read open their minds to the beauty of things like art, poetry, literature, the sciences etc and let them fly. Lewis was an Englishman and apparently was talking about English educationalists so it has no meaning to American schooling.

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RobertSRQ    5/30/08

Another statement coming from a person whose schooling was confused and truamatic so much so it turned him into a fellow athiest (OK, agnostic).

Dick, Fort Worth

C. S. Lewis an atheist or agnostic??!! Wake up.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Dick, Fort Worth 12/21/18

Dick, you are too, so what? Truth can be spoken by anyone. You are a socialist also  how does that alter what the specific quote here states?

J Carlton, Calgary

What he is saying is that formal indoctrinist schooling has its obstacles in people who actually care. It's a very valid point, and we need to keep up the battle against what has become an education system based more on communist than free values. I don't care at all what his religious, political or cultural beliefs are. He's hit the nail right on the head.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Communism is dead, J where have you been. The American society and its educational system beat it. Wake up. But then with out the bogey man of communism you would have nothing to live an fight for.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Waffler, Smith, Arkansas 12/21/18

Waffler, coming from you ("Communism is dead"), that lie is more than laughable. When was the last time you read the 10 planks of the communist manifesto; AND, your livelihood of enforcing the 2nd plank of the communist manifesto screams a great big WHAT???

E Archer, NYC

Communism is dead, Waffler? What planet do you live on?! Who do you think makes half the crap you buy -- communist Chinese! Marx's 10 planks have been nearly completely adopted as domestic policy by the federal government. Socialist 'educators' are firmly entrenched in the public school system. Talk about someone that needs to wake up...

Brandon, Knoxville, TN

Did Waffler give this a 0 rating because... he agreed with Lewis that "educationalists" (socialist-style teachers) were wrong? How peculiar. Waffler, you need to (re-)read the quote slower buddy.

Vera, Monroe, CT

Nice quotation, but doesn't take into account the "real mothers & real nurses" who pay no attention to their political environment, or are convinced by the hard-leaning leftists.

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anonymous    10/23/14

A half-thought from a half-sane dreamer.


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