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Education, it has been argued, involves the initiation of others into worth-while activities. The curriculum of a school or university may be operated with a principle of options, which encourages the individual to choose some activity which is suitable to his ability, aptitude, and interest; but this choice is between a range of activities that are thought to be worth passing on. Science, mathematics, history, art, cooking and carpentry feature on the curriculum, not bingo, bridge and billiards. Presumably there must be some reason for this apart from their utilitarian or vocational value; for it has been argued that though most of these activities can be viewed instrumentally, to regard them as having educational value is to rule out such considerations. It would require, also, a considerable stretching of the concept of 'use' to hold that there was much use in learning poetry if a reason is to be provided which is somehow extrinsic to the values inherent in the appreciation of poetry. How then can the pursuit of such activities be justified?