Hauerwas on education

Still reading bits of Stanley Hauerwas around the subject of church and state. Here’s a typically provocative quote from After Christendom;

I can think of no more conformist and suicidal message in modernity than that we should encourage students to make up their own minds. This is simply to ensure that they will be good conformist consumers in a capitalist economy by assuming that ideas are but another product that you get to choose on the basis of your arbitrary likes and dislikes. To encourage students to think for themselves is therefore a sure way to avoid any meaningful disagreement. That is the reason that I tell my students that my first object is to help them think just like me. [98]

Now that makes you think.

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