Yesterday, as the week closed at Loyola, I stumbled across a part of campus I had never been to before and found the following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson painted on the wall:
“The great object of education should be commensurate with the object of life.”
I think what Emerson means is that education should lead us somewhere; not so much in the immediate sense of a career path, but to a greater purpose.
A truly well-rounded liberal arts education in the traditional sense prepares students for life, as I had made reference to Fareed Zakariah’s speech and book in starting my blog over a year and a half ago.
For educators, the object of life is to pass information and a love of their subject forward.