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More than ten years ago I was preparing my thesis.
To get a ‘title’ – BA in sociology, in my case, each Romanian student must submit a paper to a commission. To help them, students are allowed to chose a Professor.
My choice had been Petre Anghel.
We had many interesting ‘exchanges’. Before, during and after preparing my thesis.
One of the most interesting ones had been about education.

Education is, maybe, the most ‘conservative’ things known to man.
The transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next one is the single thing which allows a society to survive.
And to thrive, if each successive generation diligently improves
what has been bestowed upon it!

Petre Anghel

Fast forward to right now.

The US is the current ‘top dog’.

According to my Teacher, for a nation to reach this ‘stage’ it needs a smooth flow of knowledge from one generation to the next one. And a strenuous effort to improve that knowledge made by each successive generation.

Nowadays, both current generations – the one trying to pass over its knowledge and the one at the receiving end of the process, are dissatisfied with the current ‘education system’.
Many belonging to the ‘mature’ generation are obsessing about ‘who runs the system and towards which end’ while the ‘learning generation’ is buckling under the costs incurred during the process.

Do I need to remind you that it’s the conservatives the world over who are whining about this?

OK, I understand the whiners living in failed states. Afghanistan, Somalia…
But those enjoying the perks of living in the ‘civilized’ world?
What are they complaining about?
Weren’t they in charge while the current education system had been put in place?
Aren’t they the parents, and educators, of the current student generation?

What’s going on here?!?
Why are the American Conservatives, living in the most advanced country of the world – no doubt here!, the most vocal critics of their own education system?

What, and why, went wrong?

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Becoming mature implies giving up a lot of things.

A lot of the erstwhile held convictions.
No matter how they had happened to accure on you.

For instance, growing up means giving up the widely held belief that growing old will, eventually, ‘open up’ your mind.
That living long enough will transform each of us into a wise person.

Living is nothing but an opportunity.
What happens during that time depends heavily on ‘Lady Luck’.
And, of course, on what each of us is able to make of the opportunities presented by the afore mentioned Lady Luck.

In dear memory of Petre Anghel,
my Teacher,
who had passed away before we had the chance to finish discussing this subject.

Petre Anghel, Bookfest 2014 Bucuresti. Lansarea Istoriei politice a literaturii romane postbelice.

Petre Anghel, Bookfest 2014 Bucuresti.
Lansarea Istoriei politice a literaturii romane postbelice. RAO, 2014

Sunt multe feluri de profesori.

Unii stiu aproape tot dar nu sunt in stare sa comunice cu elevii lor.
Unii sunt atat de convinsi ca le stiu pe toate incat nu sunt in stare sa inteleaga ca asa ceva nu se poate.
Unii au realizat ca nu stiu nimic si se chinuie de o viata intreaga sa ascunda acest lucru.

Altii stiu ca niciodata nu le poti sti pe toate dar ca aceasta imposibilitate nu e nici pe departe un motiv valabil pentru a renunta.
Altii stiu ca singurul lucru pe care il poate face cu adevarat un profesor este sa se imparta, cu generozitate si cu buna credinta, celor din jurul sau.
Altii au inteles ca adevarul iese, mai devreme sau mai tarziu, la iveala si de aceea umbla tot timpul cu sufletul in palma.

Multumesc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bookfest la Romexpo Bucuresti, Joi 29 mai, ora 17, in standul Editurii Rao, Profesorul Petre Anghel ne va face partasi la un altfel de istorie literara. Una ‘politica’. Perioada acoperita este cea postbelica, adica exact cea in care si-au aratat masura valorii – atat ca literati cat si ca oameni – marii scriitori veniti dintre razboaie cat si cei care domina acum peisajul cultural romanesc.
Pe de o parte un act de mare curaj, pe de alta un gest extrem de necesar culturii romane.