October 27, 2012

R. I. P. Jacques Barzun (1907-2012)


Everybody keeps calling for Excellence — excellence not just in schooling, throughout society. But as soon as somebody or something stands out as Excellent, the other shout goes up: "Elitism!" And whatever produced that thing, whoever praises that result, is promptly put down. "Standing out" is undemocratic.

Jacques Barzun (11/30/1907 – 10/25/2012)