ABSTRACT. This is a philosophical argument in defence of a traditional approach to learning. The traditional approach focuses on hard work, persistence, durability, character, thinking and creation. The article takes issue with the post-modern style of education that is rooted, socially, in a mix of Keynesian economics, information accumulation, social media, and a glib existential now-ness. An education that does not instil in the young a work ethic and a respect for the production of knowledge (indeed production of all kinds) induces in them a sense that worldly goods are handed-out rather than made and created by great effort. A political economy and a society that assumes that will wither and decline. pp. 27–37

Keywords: imagination; learning; character; economics; philosophy; creation

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