Jacques Barzun Quote
Everybody keeps calling for Excellence — excellence not just in schooling, throughout society. But as soon as somebody or something stands out as Excellent, the other shout goes up: "Elitism!" And whatever produced that thing, whoever praises that result, is promptly put down. "Standing out" is undemocratic.
"Schooling No Mystery," Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning (1991)