OFTP blog posts in English

For blog posts in French, see the French version of the site. They are not translations of the English posts, but rather different articles.
Pour les billets de blog en français, voir la version française du site. Ce ne sont pas des traductions, mais plutôt des articles différents.

“Believe nothing…”

“Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it . . . or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conductive to the

“You cannot teach a man anything…”

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” (Galileo)

The University of Planet Earth

“I quit college and enrolled as a student at the University of Planet Earth, the world’s oldest and largest educational institution. It has billions of professors, tens of millions of books, and unlimited course offerings. Tuition is free, and everybody designs his or her own major.” (William Upski Wimsatt, in Utne Reader, May/June, 1998)

“The illiterate of the 21st century…”

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler)

Meaningless Answers

“Our ‘Tell’em-and-test’em’ way of teaching leaves most students increasingly confused, aware that their academic success rests on shaky foundations, and convinced that school is mainly a place where you follow meaningless procedures to get meaningless answers to meaningless questions…” (John Holt, How Children Fail)