Excellent commentary on the value of long term planning. Nice to be reminded that there are horizons beyond the next gate, that ideas can take root, grow and stand the test of time.
This is a guest blog by Ruth Spellman, the WEA’s General Secretary
My vote for educational influencers would probably go to RH Tawney for all the reasons why I applied to become General Secretary of the WEA, and why I have had a lifetime’s commitment to improving access to learning.One of my favourite quotes from Tawney;“The purpose of the association is to provide for men and women who want to take their bearings on the world, opportunities of co-operative study, in congenial company, with a leader who knows enough of his business to be not only a leader but a fellow student.”
The quote has huge resonance today as more and more of our language and discourse is dominated by the need to re-examine short term returns, short term profits, short term gratification for the consumer, short term windfalls and bonuses. Education (as Tawney reminds us) is a longer term investment enabling us to participate in and benefit from…
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