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More from Walser's The Robber

School furnishes our intellectual life with impressions that are to remain preserved in it, but in most people these lights, which our teachers have tried to make shine on and on within us, burn out. The influence of schooling has more decreased than increased, despite all the sums invested in the schools by federal and local governments to equip them with all they might require. The situation, we believe, is approximately as follows: that which we call school has abandoned its scholastic spirit for the spirit of life. This spirit of schooling no longer dares, as it were, to be what it is. Teachers no longer want to be teachers, but rather lauders of life. They shy away from a pedagogical approach to life, but life seems to gain very little by this, it perhaps even loses something. Schools have, so to speak, begun pandering to life. But what if Life isn't interested in all this scholastic flattery?