By George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was once a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London while he became twenty. Having rejected formal education, he expert himself through autonomous learn within the examining room of the British Museum; he additionally all started his profession there through writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer. His first good fortune used to be as a song and literary critic, yet he was once attracted to drama and authored greater than sixty performs in the course of his occupation. often his paintings is leavened through a pleasant vein of comedy, yet the vast majority of it bears earnest messages Shaw was hoping his audiences could include. He is still the single individual to were offered either a Nobel Prize (1925) for his contribution to literature and an Oscar (1938) for Pygmalion. between his most famed works are: Candida (1894), palms and the guy (1894) and guy and Superman (1902-03).
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This is supposed to protect them from vice; but as it also protects them from poetry, literature, music, meditation and prayer, it may be dismissed with the obvious remark that if boarding schools are places whose keepers are driven to such monstrous measures lest more abominable things should happen, then the sooner boarding schools are violently abolished the better. It is true that society may make physical claims on the child as well as mental ones: the child must learn to walk, to use a knife and fork, to swim, to ride a bicycle, to acquire sufficient power of self-defence to make an attack on it an arduous and uncertain enterprise, perhaps to fly.
I admit, however, that if my schoolmasters had treated me as an experiment of the Life Force: that is, if they had set me free to do as I liked subject only to my political rights and theirs, they could not have watched the experiment very long, because the first result would have been a rapid movement on my part in the direction of the door, and my disappearance there-through. It may be worth inquiring where I should have gone to. I should say that practically every time I should have gone to a much more educational place.
All we can fairly do is to prescribe certain definite acquirements and accomplishments as qualifications for certain employments; and to secure them, not by the ridiculous method of inflicting injuries on the persons who have not yet mastered them, but by attaching certain privileges (not pecuniary) to the employments. Most acquirements carry their own privileges with them. Thus a baby has to be pretty closely guarded and imprisoned because it cannot take care of itself. It has even to be carried about (the most complete conceivable infringement of its liberty) until it can walk.
A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw