The Lost Tools Of Learning Essay

767 Words Jul 4th, 2016 4 Pages
"For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain." These words penned by teacher and author, Dorothy Sayers, clearly presents her primary point in the essay "The Lost Tools of Learning." Comparing our modern education with the Medieval method, she observed that the tools to learn for oneself had been largely abandoned. Troubled by all she found lacking in education 's current methods, Dorothy Sayers outlined her ideas on the main problem of modern education, her proposal of re-instituting the trivium, and the importance of the integration of subjects.

The main problem of modern education is our grievous loss of the tools of learning as well as our ceasing to integrate subjects. In the Medieval curriculum, these tools (known as the trivium) were utilised to the great advantage of the scholar by imparting the ability to learn any subject. Following this method, the focus of education shifted to subjects being taught without the tools to learn them. This is the state modern education finds itself in. There is an array of subjects offered, but the essential process of the trivium is used only in a piece-meal approach. Within unintegrated subjects, the tools to learn that can cross over to anything are abandoned for a process that deals with the subjects by themselves and are neither connected nor seen as a whole. This is the problem that is faced today.

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