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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Two quotes (for the false prophets)

Apropos to the current furor over a principal's advice to a group of Secondary 5 Normal stream students that they are better off giving up on the 'O' Levels and going directly to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE):

Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.
         (Bertrand Russell)

"Sir, we're surrounded by the enemy."

"Great! Then we can attack in every direction!"

Beware the leaders you choose to follow.

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