Education for all!

子曰:「有教無類。」
Confucius said: “When there is education, there are no distinctions.”

This passage literally means: have>teach(ing)>no>types/ distinctions.

Although there are multiple interpretations of the meaning of this passage, I do like to believe that it is a clarion call for universal education. The idea that everyone should be given the same opportunity to learn no matter what background they come from is the most powerful and radical aspect of all Confucius’s teachings.

What a shame that over two thousand years after his death, we are still a very long way from achieving that ideal despite great social and technological progress. Let’s hope that the proliferation of low-cost mobile devices and e-learning programs will enable us to finally reach it.

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