...the qualities of well-educated children: the ability to understand what they read; an interest in using books to gain knowledge; the capacity to know when a problem calls for mathematics and quantification; the agility to move from concrete examples to abstract principles and back again; the ability to think about a situation in several different ways; and a dynamic working knowledge of the society in which they live. (Susan Engel, NYTimes Sept 19, 2010)
"Ma fille, disait-elle à maman, je ne pourrais me décider à donner à cet enfant quelque chose de mal écrit."
En réalité, elle ne se résignait jamais à rien acheter dont on ne pût tirer un profit intellectuel, et surtout celui que nous procurent les belles chose en nous apprenant à chercher notre plaisir ailleurs que dans les satisfactions du bien-être et de la vanité.
Marcel Proust Du côté de chez Swann, I,I
"My dear," she had said to Mamma, "I could not bring myself to give the child anything that was not well written."
The truth was that she could never permit herself to buy anything from which no intellectual profit was to be derived, above all the profit which fine things afford us by teaching us to seek our pleasures elsewhere than in the barren satisfaction of worldly wealth.