In the age of computers, the best tools for learning are still the teacher and the book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough said.
At ceremonies celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Syracuse University, McCullough said Friday the old advice to students to "take the teacher, not the class" is as sound as ever.
"It's people that wake up people," McCullough said. "People and good books."
McCullough, who won the Pulitzer in 1993 for "Truman," described technological advances that allow computer-users access to vast data bases as exciting. But, he warned: "Information isn't education. Data isn't learning."
"The foundations of learning in 1995 are fundamentally the same as in the 1870s, the book and the teacher," he said. "Without books there is no learning. No one can read a book and not be a little better educated, and no one can be educated without reading books. It is that simple."