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The Culture of Education, Jerome Bruner (1996)

April 9, 2012

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“Then, while the hard-nosed science professors were decrying the softness of the “soft subjects,” Europe marched off to war once again — acting out the historical-social studies-literary stories that were presumed only to be “enriching the mind.” Surely we could do better at understanding ourselves and our mad lurchings. Poison gas and Big Berthas might be the deadly fruits of verifiable science, but the impulse to use them grew out of those stories we tell ourselves. So should we not try to understand their power better, to see how stories and historical accounts are put together and what there is about them that leads people either to live together or to maim and kill each other?”

[p. 90]


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