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Contrasts in Education: I. Education and Evolution


by Frederick J. E. Woodbridge - 1929

THERE is an old proverb which warns us of the folly of carrying coals to Newcastle. Since, however, oranges are shipped to California, celery to Kalamazoo, and automobiles to Detroit, the folly evidently resides, not in the carrying, but in the kind of coal carried. Newcastle has enough of its own kind for itself and for exportation, and may consequently smile at a stranger with a basket unless the basket is empty. I will not say that I come with my basket, a stranger to Teachers College. When I have come with it empty, I have returned with it filled. The coal, I have found, burns brightly, gives light and heat. Baskets have been brought to me in return for which I have signed papers acknowledging their receipt and certifying that their contents had value in degrees. But bringing a basket filled is quite a different matter. I want to avoid folly if I can. I have tried to keep out of the basket the kind of coal which you mine with so much industry, and export, even to remote parts of the world, to keep the fires of education burning. The professional training of teachers and researches into the effectiveness of different types of educational organization and administration are matters about which I should come here to get and not to give instruction. To carry coal of that sort would be folly. I have put something else into my basket.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 31 Number 1, 1929, p. 1-16
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7042, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 2:39:29 PM

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