The best library

Posted May 10th, 2006 and filed in Education

The best library should be highly selective, with no tolerance for second-class books, in every field. My students will be taught not what to learn, but to find out what they want to learn. During their choice-making and their pursuit of chosen goals, they should be supplied with the best material. Among the first skills they will develop is the essential skill to discriminate among the readings, to identify good from bad, genuine from pretentious, original from imitation, fresh from academically stale, real complexity from muddled thinking/writing, truth from lies, meaningful from meaningless, great minds from feeble, honesty from deception, caring from indifference, serious from make-believe, hard work from make-shift, nutritious from poisonous (or harmless but a waste of time).