The Goal of Education

     When the Master met a group of teachers he spoke long and animatedly for he had been a teacher himself.  The trouble with teachers, he said, is that they keep forgetting that the goal of education is not learning but life.

     He told of the time he spotted a boy fishing in the river.

     “Hello!  Nice day for fishing!” he said to the youngster.

     “Yes,” came the reply.

     After a while the Master said, “Why aren’t you in school today?”

     “Well, sir, like you said–it’s a nice day for fishing.”

     And he told of the report card his little daughter got: “Meena is doing well in school.  She would do much better if the pure joy of living did not impede her progress.”

– Anthony de Mello, One Minute Nonsense