Be of Good Cheer

Be of Good Cheer

By Michael J. McKenna

In the opening of his 1941 essay, Invitation to the Pain of Learning, Mortimer J. Adler writes, 

One of the reasons why the education given by our schools is so frothy and vapid is that the American people generally―the parent even more than the teacher―wish childhood to be unspoiled by pain. Childhood must be a period of delight, of gay indulgence in impulses. It must be given every avenue for unimpeded expression, which of course is pleasant; and it must not be made to suffer the impositions of discipline or the exactions of duty, which of course are painful.

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