4 Apr 08
Hmm. I really do not know. I am the son of an academic and whilst I can and do ask him anything and he will give me an educated, referenced responses, I would not trust him to get me across the road without getting us both killed. My Mother is the daughter of a teacher and a philanderer (albeit an educated one) and not only knows all the references but has heaps of common sense with it. On that basis I would agree with you. But it is the common sense and practical living skills that are in greatest demand and frankly women are much more likely in my experience to have that knowledge than men. If I look at myself: I can plan a meal, shop, cook, wash, iron, change a nappy (not for years thank goodness), sew a button and a hem, budget (badly), drive, play a mean game of fireside rugby, hold a conversation and write a polite letter. I can also go to the shops for item A and return with items B, C and D but not A. That may be age of course. I can conjugate avoir and etre, manage a little Latin, and do simple arithmetic. I know where London, Tokyo and Rome are and can get myself in and out of a variety of modes of public transport. Virtually all of this stuff was taught to me, or reinforced, by my mother, aunts and grandmother. In turn I have passed some of this on to my own daughter. So maybe men, when educated by women, do learn and can pass that on to their own offspring. My wife has her own set of skills and if truth be told, take her out of the equation and life as we know it collapses. I am not sure whether I have proved anything here but that I am verbose. So I think that the saying is most probably true.
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• United Kingdom
5 Apr 08
I sort of agree with that but I think now it is less applicable because now there are men who stay home with their children, there are women who work outside the home and leave their children with someone else (although those someone elses are generally women). It is still seen mainly as the mother's role to care for and educate their children so that saying is still true most of the time.
• Cambridge, England
8 Apr 08
That is a very interesting saying that I had not heard before. It is absolutely true that an educated father may be keen to see his children achieve a level of education to match (or exceed) his own but the seeds of education - the curiosity and desire for knowledge - are sown almost from birth, when the mother has far more interaction with her child than the father. Education, of course, is far more than just schooling and, in fact, the subjects taught to our children in school are a very small part of a 'complete' education. Education is really an attitude which begins to be fostered as soon as a child arrives in this world and it is, particularly, the child's interaction with and discovery of the world which is encouraged by its mother. I am not suggesting, of course, that mothers who haven't had the advantage of schooling are not as capable of bringing up their child in this way: it has very often been the case that the child of poor and 'uneducated' parents has gone on to become brilliant and successful in their field and I am sure that a study of their childhood would reveal a mother (and, perhaps, a father too) who had that spirit of wonder and curiosity and passed it on to the child. School should be the channel by which the enormous desire for knowledge in a child becomes directed to useful and fruitful ends. So often, however, one finds it looked upon as the place where that bright urge is quenched by being given useless knowledge and unproductive exercises! What a sad loss of vision many of our education systems have suffered and what a waste of many lives that has caused!
8 Apr 08
You surprise me Mr Owlwings I would have thought you'd heard it. My sense of wonder and tendency to go off at a tangent at school led to me being classed as a slow learner. I have renewed my sense of wonder with each of my children and grandchildren and continue to learn at my own pace and in my own way. You are right about the education system there are far too many people who are let down by it.
• Garden Grove, California
8 Apr 08
I thinkthat is an apt saying. an intelligent woman has a lot more chance of educating her children well. Men were always educated before it became a new thing to educate women. the old male saw was that women did not need college as all they were going to do was marry and have babies. and that has finally been debunked thank goodness for that.
7 Apr 08
I don't really understand what that means, but, I do believe that boys and girls should be treated differently in school as boys are now and always will be different to girls. Girls and boys should learn how to cook and clean etc, as these are things they'll need in the real world, the academic subjects I think should come second or maybe even third, as I believe that children should first and foremost be taught how to behave in an acceptable manner and how to be polite etc.