Thursday, August 26, 2004

Back-to-School with Gustave Flaubert!

From the satirical Dictionary of Received Ideas

BOOKS Always too long, whatever the subject.
EDUCATION Create the impression that you have had a good education. The common people need no education to earn their living.
LEARNING Despise it as the sign of a narrow mind.
PROFESSOR Always 'the learned.'
SCHOOLTEACHERS (WOMEN) Are always from good families in reduced circumstances. Dangerous as governesses in the home: seduce the husband.
STUDENTS All wear red berets and tight-fitting trousers, smoke pipes in the streets and never study.