IÂ warn my students not to trust the internet.
Last week, I received a student essay with this quotation, attributed to the English poet John Dryden, “Education is whatÂ remains afterÂ one hasÂ forgottenÂ what one hasÂ learned in school.”Â That doesn’t sound like Dryden, I thought.
Googling the quote, I found it attributed to Albert Einstein instead. I googled the quote alongÂ with “John Dryden” and found it attributed to John Dryden. I searched a little more and found this version, “Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught,” attributed to George Savile, a 17th century British statesman.Â I poked around a little to discoverÂ the quotation’sÂ real source but gave up. If you figure it out, let me know.
I advised the student to write something like “attributed to many.”