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willing obedience to law, not only to written, but still more the unwritten, kindness and compassion and unselfishness and the many qualities which cannot be unforced, which depend on a man?s free choice, but without which men cannot live together.?(755) The Athenians knew that before one could become educated he must first be true to his own self. Hamilton saw the Greeks as a very dedicated people. She talked of a poet hundreds of years before Plato that had said, ?Before the gates of Excellence the high gods, have placed sweat. Long is the road thereto and steep and rough at first, But when the height is won, then is there ease.?(755) If a person wishes to come a more educated he must first put in the effort and hard work it requires. Hamilton believed that a true education was

only possible when people see that it has to do with persons, instead of movements. She saw education as sheer pleasure. Hamilton knew that some of the past must be disregarded, but what was thrown away should be done cautiously. Once history is lost, it is gone forever and it can not be replaced. According to Hamilton, the classics are very important to modern education and unfortunately they have almost been totally lost. The Greeks had a passion for thinking. To them a good deal of education came from genuine thought. Hamilton quotes Plato saying to ?love what is beautiful and hate what is ugly.?(752) Greek children were taught ?to hate clumsiness and awkwardness; they loved grace and practiced it.?(752) A fairly good idea, except that at first everyone is clumsy and ideas are

awkward until we learn and practice them. We can learn a lot from the ancient Greeks, however a complete education is compiled of much more than just the past. A perfect education is made up of many contributing factors, possibly to many to imagine. The great thinkers of our time hold a lot of the same principles and ideas in common, even though their ideas are very different. Malcolm X and Adrienne Rich are two totally different people from two totally different walks of life, however they both see that History is not complete due to the historian?s predisposed sexual and racial biases. Malcolm X, Adrienne Rich, and Edith Hamilton all know that language is very important to becoming an educated member of society. Can a person ever achieve a perfect education? Some people say

yes, while other disagree. It all breaks down to how a person defines a perfect education. For some people a perfect education may simply be acquiring enough knowledge to become skilled in a certain field of work. For others a perfect education can never be reached due to the inadequacies of society. It is not entirely possible to define the perfect education because of our ever changing society. It is often said that nothing is perfect, that seems to hold true with education. It seems that Malcolm X, Adrienne Rich, and Edith Hamilton like so many of us have not completely found what they are looking for, and it is very possible they never will. Hamilton, Edith. ?The Ever Present Past.? The Harper and Row Reader: Liberal Education Through Reading and Writing. 3rd Ed. Wayne C.

Booth and Marshall W. Gregory. New York: Harper and Row, 1992. 750-757 Malcolm X. ?Freedom Through Learning to Read.? The Harper and Row Reader: Liberal Education Through Reading and Writing. 3rd Ed. Wayne C. Booth and Marshall W. Gregory. New York: Harper and Row, 1992. 47-54 Rich, Adrienne. ?Claiming an Education.? The Harper and Row Reader: Liberal Education Through Reading and Writing. 3rd Ed. Wayne C. Booth and Marshall W. Gregory. New York: Harper and Row, 1992. 56-59