…all my means are sane, my motive and my object mad.
Herman Melville Moby Dick
Thank goodness for the efficiency culture in which the purposeful classroom is extolled as a place free from ideological baggage. This is schooling that has reached some sort of ‘end of history’; where classroom doors are closed to the intellect in the name of unthinking behaviours in which all seems sane rather than as places for the madness of the ‘purposeless’ pursuit of wisdom.
In his book: John Dewey, Confucius, and Global Philosophy, Joseph Grange writes about a world where mere information holds sway:
Meaning would fade away and be replaced by data. The responsibility to carry out human judgement… would be traded in for the security of statistical analysis. Numbers would be substituted for argument and reason. Machines would make irrefutable decisions. Human beings would become resources to be quantified. Life would flatten out and…
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