You must inevitably confront its constant Update. (Dewey2 distinguished between education as reproduction and nutrition). We must place the accent on nutrition. In times of more static culture and inadequacy of books they had an almost sacral value. The professor was usually a book languague.
How could today learn memory information that evolves in less than what lasts a cycle of studies? Today matters more the ability to continue learning and to update the lessons learned (and even forget unnecessarily hardened in memory, to unlearn the apprehended). We must take into account the metaphysics of knowledge: truly advantageous education provides insight into a few general principles that are supported, a firm, in their application to a wide variety of accurate data. In practice the particular details will forget but will be remembered, by an unconscious common sense, how to apply the principles to the immediate circumstances. The function of the University is to train the student to release details for the benefit of the principles, the first causes. When I talk about principles, I do not mean even verbal enunciations. A principle that we have assimilated is more a mental habit that a formal enunciation. It becomes the way mind reacts to the stimulation appropriate illustrative circumstances shaped.
Nobody gives detours if you have present their knowledge in a clear and conscious. He often speaks of learning as if we were watching the open pages of all the books that we read, and then, when the occasion arises we chose convenient page to read aloud to the firmament. We are suffering still a paralysis of thought induced the accumulation, without object, precise, indifferent and useless knowledge in students. The primary purpose of a college professor should be displayed in its authentic character, that is, as an ignorant man that thinks, that actively uses that small portion of knowledge. In true sense, knowledge decreases as increases wisdom, since the details are absorbed by the principles.