Felix Emmanuel Schelling Quote

“True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.”

~ Felix Emmanuel Schelling

Ratings and Comments

J Carlton, Calgary

"True Education"...A very different thing than the compulsory standardization we suffer today. In the effort to purge individuality from our schools and our children we have done ourselves a great disservice.
And as the national IQ and the national debt pass each other going in opposite directions...we're seeing the results; a nation of government dependent simpletons. Sad sad sad...

Mike, Norwalk

Though a true education is essential: in accentuating individual differences (talents, abilities, etc., a good thing to the substantive and those of a non-self absorbing theocratic pity), to enable individual success (what ever that might be to the individual), for an intellect's measured fulfillment, in dispersing mediocrity and standardization (collectivist digression, slavery, the fallacies of legal positivism and, despotism that is the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, etc.), and as the basis for world progression, it also illuminates the equality of law, justice, rights, freedom and liberty.

jim k, Austin, Tx

J and Mike have said it well. Check out who wins the National Spelling Bee each year. It's almost always a kid from India.

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    DJ, USA    1/25/13

    This person did not live long enough to see that 'THE SMART CHILREN ARE REMOVED FROM CLASSES TO ADVANCE THEM SO THEY WON'T BE HELD DOWN BY THE SLOW LEARNERS'. The rest of the students (AVERAGE KIDS) are left to flounder on their own, allowing the slow learners to pull them down to their level.

    jim k, Austin, Tx

    I should have said a kid whose parents came from India and required that he or she learn to read and write.

    Jesse, Mitchell, IN

    I don't know if public education beyond eighth grade has ever educated the children it has been imposed on. Had I not been a voracious reader when I arrived in high school, and had I not read on my own throughout the remainder of my "education" I would have remained one of the ignoramuses. People are quite adept at learning; I doubt the are capable of being educated. Education certainly cannot be imposed on anyone.

    Mary - MI
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    Mary - MI    1/27/13

    Exactly! Can't add anything more to this common sense objective reasoning.

    Durham, Birmingham, AL

    We desperately need vouchers to introduce competition into our educational system.  They worked after World War II with the GI Bill, and they can't be worse than giving government a monopoly on what our children have to endure.

    Btw, income inequality is the American Dream, and real Americans want the freedom to pursue it. 


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