As we read the school reports on our children, we realize a sense of relief that can rise to delight that thank Heaven nobody is reporting in this fashion on us.
Fortunately for us, Japan is opening its first business school in the near future. This is likely to produce a measurable drop in Japanese productivity.
The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.
The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion – these are the most valuable coin of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundemental resource.
Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
Unknown to her the rigid rule, The dull restraint, the chiding frown The weary torture of the school, The taming of wild nature down.
…since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to
Here are three great questions which in life we have over and over again to answer: Is it right or wrong? Is it true or false? Is it beautiful or ugly? Our education ought ot help us to answer these questions.
The schoolteacher is certainly underpaid as a childminder, but ludicrously overpaid as an educator.
The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education.
When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied, ‘Only stand out of my light.’ Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do
The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere
I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
To teach is to learn twice.
Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.
Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often discourages it.
Civilization is the encouragement of differences. Civilization thus becomes a synonym of democracy. Force, violence, pressure, or compulsion with a view to conformity, is both uncivilized and undemocratic.
And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total devel
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Education should be exercise; it has become massage.
The tragedy of education is played in two scenes – incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils.
Our task is to provide an education for the kind of kids we have… Not the kind of kids we used to have… Or want to have… Or the kids that exist in our dreams.
…what thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.