By George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) used to be a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London while he became twenty. Having rejected formal education, he proficient himself by way of self reliant learn within the interpreting room of the British Museum; he additionally all started his profession there through writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer. His first luck used to be as a track and literary critic, yet he used to be attracted to drama and authored greater than sixty performs in the course of his occupation. usually his paintings is leavened via a pleasant vein of comedy, yet the majority of it bears earnest messages Shaw was hoping his audiences may embody. He is still the single individual to were provided either a Nobel Prize (1925) for his contribution to literature and an Oscar (1938) for Pygmalion. between his most famed works are: Candida (1894), fingers and the guy (1894) and guy and Superman (1902-03).
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It would be monstrous even if it were true; for there is no labor that might not be imposed on a child or an adult on the same pretext; but as a glance at the average products of our public school and university education shews that it is not true, it need not trouble us. But it is a fact that ignorance of Latin and Greek and mathematics closes certain careers to men (I do not mean artificial, unnecessary, noxious careers like those of the commercial schoolmaster). Languages, even dead ones, have their uses; and, as it seems to many of us, mathematics have their uses.
If such persons are to read and talk and criticize to any purpose, they must know the world outside the university at least as well as the shopkeeper in the High Street does. And this is just what they do not know at present. You may say of them, paraphrasing Mr. " If our universities would exclude everybody who had not earned a living by his or her own exertions for at least a couple of years, their effect would be vastly improved. The New Laziness The child of the future, then, if there is to be any future but one of decay, will work more or less for its living from an early age; and in doing so it will not shock anyone, provided there be no longer any reason to associate the conception of children working for their living with infants toiling in a factory for ten hours a day or boys drudging from nine to six under gas lamps in underground city offices.
If there are dangerous precipices about, it is much easier and cheaper to forbid people to walk near the edge than to put up an effective fence: that is why both legislators and parents and the paid deputies of parents are always inhibiting and prohibiting and punishing and scolding and laming and cramping and delaying progress and growth instead of making the dangerous places as safe as possible and then boldly taking and allowing others to take the irreducible minimum of risk. English Physical Hardihood and Spiritual Cowardice It is easier to convert most people to the need for allowing their children to run physical risks than moral ones.