(Ud)dannelse – kvalitet frem for kvantitetapril 23, 2007
Brand Blanshard skrev for cirka et halvt århundrede siden et yderst velformuleret essay: “Quantity and Quality in American Education.”
Budskabet i essayet er stadigvæk gyldigt – i høj grad også i Danmark, hvor en overdreven politisk-styret fokusering på rigide, smalsporerede og business-orienterede tests, karakterniveauer og PISA-undersøgelser er godt i gang med at maltraktere uddannelsessystemet.
Tænk hvis vore skoler og uddannelsesinstitutioner i stedet stræbte efter, at efterleve essensen i Blanshards slutreplik i essayet, der lyder:
“It is a great thing for a university to turn out engineers and doctors in regiments. It is a fine thing for a given engineer or doctor to a mastery of his technique. But the highest tribute to a college is not to have produced masses of technicians with a perfect technique. It is to have stamped on its sons and daughters the priceless imprint of the reasonable mind. Just one such person—thoughtful in his judgments, fair in all his dealings, unruffled in his sweetness of temper, fearless because he has looked before and after and made his terms with life and death—just one such person may give light to a whole community. His spirit is beyond price because you cannot buy quality with any amount of quantity. And if he lives at an altitude hard to reach, we may remind ourselves, with Spinoza, that all precious things are as difficult as they are rare.”