The first thing obvious to children is what is sensible; and that we make no part of their rudiments. We press their memory too soon, and puzzle, strain, and load them with words and rules; to know grammar and rhetoric, and a strange tongue or two, that it is ten to one may never be useful to them; leaving their natural genius to mechanical and physical, or natural knowledge uncultivated and neglected; which would be of exceeding use and pleasure to them through the whole course of their Life.
If those arrangements [the fundamental arrangements of knowledge] were to disappear as they appeared…then one cancertainly wager that man would be erased, like a face drawn in sand at the edge of the sea.
– Michel Foucault (19261984) The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, ch. 10
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