The Highest Result Of Education Is A Kind Of Tolerance
by Terry Heick
All learning should result in personal change.
Pushed further, all learning should then result in both personal and social change (being that society is a simply a collection of individuals and their habits).
These are two of the measuring sticks I’ve always resorted to, whether surveying ed policy nationally and globally, or looking out over students in a classroom: Are they changing, and how? And how do I know?
So I found Helen Keller’s wisdom in the above graphic perfectly put. As you–and your students–seek enlightenment, tolerance isn’t just a product, but among the highest products. The more you know, the more you find out that you don’t know. The more you experience, the more you see what you’re missing out on. And the more you seek to be right, the more you may find that there is no “right,” but rather constantly changing perspectives in a dynamic intellectual ecology.
Which means that the full measure of an education may be the ability not simply to tolerate, but accept their own limits, and the limits of those around them.
That is, to tolerate our own humanity.
The Highest Result Of Education Is Tolerance