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October 1962

The Kind of Knowledge Worth Having

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and the Neurological Service of the Cincinnati General Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(4):414-423. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620220006003

Grant, O Lord, that the kind of knowledge I get may be the kind that is worth having.—A prayer by the unknown author of the Imitation.

A continuing concern of educators, myself included, is to get Johnny to read and to write. Some indication of the ergs of energy devoted to this cause is the quantity of print expended upon it. Some of this berates the teaching of English particularly in secondary schools. High school teaching is apt to be pedestrian and hampered by a convoy system with progress adjusted to the slowest unit, a kind of egalitarian barnacle. But it isn't the heart of the matter. Another available culprit is television. We all know that its aim usually hasn't ranged higher than the pocketbook. But if the television screen be wasteland, it could induce a healthy family not only to move away from it but to go to books

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