Teach the Children to Fish!

Taken by and large, the great difference of emphasis between the two conceptions holds good: modern education focuses on teaching subjects, leaving the method of thinking, arguing and expressing one’s conclusions to be picked up by the scholar as he goes along; medieval education concentrated on first forging and learning to handle the tools of learning, using whatever subject came handy as a piece of material on which to doodle until the use of the tool became second nature.

Dorothy L. Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning (London: Methuen, 1948), 10.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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