"The question in education is whether it, too, can be an end in itself and not merely a means to some other end - a better job, a more attractive mate or even, that holiest of contemporary grails, a more productive economy. The answer has to be yes. The search for understanding is as much a defining characteristic of humanity as is the search for beauty. It is, indeed, far more of a defining characteristic than the search for food or for a mate. Anybody who denies its intrinsic value also denies what makes us most fully human."1



1 Wolf, Martin (2007) "Education is a worthwhile end in itself," The Financial Times, February 2007.

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