Help your children become human

Here is a very short post with a bit of food for thought for you.

I have been thinking a lot about teaching and education recently. Today I came across this letter written by a Holocaust survivor and sent to educators.

Dear Teacher,

I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education.

My request is:

Help your children become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.

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