Upon what meat have you fed
that you can…
“Aims” address hits the mark
Thank you for printing the “Aims of Education”
address given by Professor Abbott for first-year students (“The
Zen of Education,” October/03). Rarely have I read anything
so well-done. I congratulate him on providing both the students
and me with such a memorable view of what education can be, especially
at the U of C. With respect to Professor Abbott’s opening
comment on the size of his nose, I can only confirm his assumption,
judging from the charming photo shown in the Magazine.
Donald F. Smith, PhD’71
Having bloodied my
head against the wall called the “Aims of Education”
during my career at several institutions of “higher learning,”
I was moved to tears upon realizing that the idea supporting Hutchins’s
University of Utopia and Champ Ward’s College was still surviving
at the University. As one who stood in silent protest 51 years ago
last spring waiting for the faculty senate’s decision on the
continued life of the College, I will never be satisfied with the
decision to offer concentrations in the College program. That the
Class of 2006 gave the address a standing ovation shows that education
as an end and not a means can still stir the emotions.
Education as an end in itself is a noble idea
whose pursuit, I am sure, did not benefit me materially. But once
having a glimpse of the life in search of education, I could follow
no other path.
William Raymond Smith, AB’53, AM’59,
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