[Mencken] 11.03.99 H.L. Mencken Quote of the Day

Carl William Spitzer carlwilliamspitzeriv at JUNO.COM
Fri Nov 5 10:16:29 MST 1999

From: Dennis Bretz <chrestomathy at yahoo.com>

"The art of pedagogics becomes a sort of puerile magic, a thing of
preposterous secrets, a grotesque compound of false premisses [sic] and
illogical conclusions. Every year sees a craze for some new solution of
the teaching enigma, and endless series of flamboyant arcana. The worst
extravagances of privat dozent experimental psychology are gravely seized
upon; the uplift pours in its ineffable principles and discoveries;
mathematical formulae are marked out for every emergency; there is no
sure-cure so idiotic that some superintendent of schools will not swallow

H.L. Mencken
New York Evening Mail
January 23, 1918

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