8 Highly Insightful Quotes from Neil Postman

From the author of the modern classic "Amusing Ourselves to Death"

Intellectual Takeout | April 1, 2016 | 1,979

From the author of the modern classic "Amusing Ourselves to Death"
8 Highly Insightful Quotes from Neil Postman

1. “Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” 

 

2. “At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living.” 

 

3. “If students get a sound education in the history, social effects and psychological biases of technology, they may grow to be adults who use technology rather than be used by it.”

 

4. “As technical people, we are apt to be preoccupied with scores, not competence.”

 

 

5. “In the development of intelligence nothing can be more ‘basic’ than learning how to ask productive questions.”

 

6. “Children enter school as question marks and leave as periods.” 

 

7. “If parents wish to preserve childhood for their own children, they must conceive of parenting as an act of rebellion against culture.” 

 

8. “It is not necessary to conceal anything from a public insensible to contradiction and narcotized by technological diversions.”