chapter  8
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Happiness, Schooling and Education

Obviously, in so far as we do value happiness, we want to promote it rather than destroy it. Other things being equal, we should hope that teaching methods, organisation, curriculum content, personal relationships and daily activities will be conducive to happiness and enjoyable, just as we hope that something like football will bring pleasure to players and spectators. But still, education is no more to be defined in terms of happiness than is football. The essence of football is to win by getting the ball into the opponent's net while abiding by a specific network of rules. The essence of education is understanding of a many-faceted kind: that is so even for the utilitarian.