Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Lost Tools of Learning".
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Opening Quote Of 'The Well-Trained Mind'
For we let our young men and women go out unarmed in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects...We have lost the tools for learning, and in their absence can only make a botched and piecemeal job of it.