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Relevant Quotes about Education
"Education is the source of innovation, and the bedrock of a healthy and civil society. Education is one of the greatest promoters of economic prosperity" --Dr. Harvey Weingarten
"I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. All reforms which rest simply upon the law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements, are transitory and futile.... But through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move.... Education thus conceived marks the most perfect and intimate union of science and art conceivable in human experience" --John Dewey: My Pedagogic Creed, 1897
"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war" --Maria Montessori
Ariel and Will Durant
Education is the transmission of civilization.
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
Dean William R. Inge:
The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.
It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society.
Lou Ann Walker:
Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you don't consider your students to be human beings.
Marian Wright Edelman:
Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labour, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Russell Baker: (> Bloom's)
An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong.
The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running. Where it is lacking there are no real students, but only poor caricatures of apprentices who, at the end of their apprenticeship, will not even have a trade.
These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
- John Ciardi
Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan
"Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don't know."
-- R. Verdi
"Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions."
-- William Allin
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."
-- Vernon Law
"The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."
-- Jim Rohn
"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." -- Carl Rogers
"A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear."
-- James B. Stockdale
"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life."
-- Source Unknown
"Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."
-- Henry Peter Broughan
"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it."
-- J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man
"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself."
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."
-- Thomas Carruthers
"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
-- Anatole France
"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."
"Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."
-- Sir William Haley
"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think."
-- Anne Sullivan
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