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Topic: Re: [CALC-REFORM:3146] Again, with EMPHASIS
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Paul Zorn

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Re: [CALC-REFORM:3147] Re: Again, with EMPHASIS
Posted: Sep 21, 2004 11:26 AM
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Here's a nice quotation, by no means
uniquely related to calculus, but still highly apt.
It's from 1794, by Joseph Priestley, on the dedication of
New College in London. (I found it quoted in _The Power
of their Ideas_, by Deborah Meier, a book on elementary
education---well worth reading.) The quote
is directed to students:

... Whatever be the qualifications of your tutors, your
improvement must chiefly depend on yourselves. They
cannot think or labour for you, they can only put
you in the best way of thinking and labouring for yourselves.
If therefore you get knowledge you must acquire it by
your own industry. You must form all conclusions and all
maxims for yourselves, from premises and data collected and
considered by yourself. ...



Paul Zorn
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