Good ol’ Bertrand: Another brief jab at the historical obsession in music education

Those of you who have heard or read my ranting about how obsessed with the past music education is (especially compared to the other arts!) will not be at all surprised by my attraction to this jewel of a quotation plucked from Bertrand Russell’s oeuvre. I rediscovered it yesterday while venturing into the climes of my fastidiously-made computer backups I burned to disc when I was in high-school. In fact, though I had completely forgotten about this quotation until it surfaced yesterday, I actually had this printed, cut out and pasted on my bedroom wall for over 6 years of my adolescence. I guess my lot was cast years ago. Isn’t everyone’s?

It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.

— Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

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