This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of the aims of education. He says that what they labor at together in college is the production of individuals who know not only that the world is far more complex than it first appears, but also that interpretative decisions must be made, decisions of judgment which entail real consequences for which one must take responsibility and from which one may not flee by the dodge of disclaiming expertise. The difficult art of making interpretative decisions and facing up to their consequences ought to inform each and every course and object of study. This is the work of education, it is also the work of the world and of life.
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