|Editor||Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe|
The claim that learning shall or must have something to do with life is as old as the hills: we do not learn for school, but for life. Non scolae, sed vitae discimus. Originally, in the old Roman days, this saying is reported to have been just the other way round: Non vitae, sed scolae discimus. But the pedagogic tradition has not been able to endure this cynicism. Consequently, the saying was turned around and all scholastic learning was automatically justified by its practical relevance for life. Thus every educational intention could successfully be defended - even the driest and most boring instructivism.