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Quotes for
the Journey:


Education is what survives
when what has been learned
has been forgotten.

B.F. Skinner


More money is put into prisons than into schools.  That, in itself, is the description of a nation bent on suicide.  I mean, what is more precious to us than our own children?  We are going to build a lot more prisons if we do not deal with the schools and their inequalities.       -Jonathan Kozol

The true end of education is not only to make the young learned, but to make them love learning; not only to make them industrious, but to make them love industry; not only to make them virtuous, but to make them love virtue; not only to make them just, but to make them hunger and thirst after justice.
-John Ruskin

Education is a companion which no future can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate it and no nepotism can enslave.      -Ropo Oguntimehin


Must we always teach our children with books?  Let them look at the mountains and the stars above.  Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth.  They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.       -David Polis


Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.       -Marian Wright Edelman


The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.
-Joseph Campbell

More people have access to education today than ever before.  But I cannot help but feel that the modern educational experience is not preparing us adequately to attend the rich banquet of life.  Certainly the young people of today have mastered the use of technology and are capable of solving complex scientific and mathematical problems, but who and what do these serve if they cannot think for themselves?  If they have no understanding of the meaning and purpose of their own lives?  If they do not know who they are as individuals?       -Matthew Kelly

The aim of education should not be to teach how to use human energies to improve the environment, for we are finally beginning to realize that the cornerstone of education is the development of the human personality, and that in this regard education is of immediate importance for the salvation of mankind.      -Maria Montessori


It is through education that all the good in the world arises.       -Immanuel Kant


Education should never work against a person's destiny, but should achieve the full development of his or her own dispositions.  The education of people today so often lags behind the talents and tendencies which their destinies have implanted in them.  We must keep pace with these powers to such an extent that the human beings in our care can win their way through to all that their destinies will allow--to the fullest clarity of thought, the most loving deepening of their feeling, and the greatest possible energy and ability of will.  This can only be done by an art of education and teaching which is based on a real knowledge of people.        -Rudolf Steiner


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 how we could tolerated anything so primitive.       -John W. Gardner
This is about helping children become themselves.  What is a school if it isn't helping people find what they want to do?  I don't just mean careers.  I mean teaching how to sing, dance, paint, act, write poetry, play tennis, play the guitar.  We'd be a better, more harmonious society if people had these interests developed when they were young. But they don't.  That's a cause of depression.  And the things I'm talking about:  children need them here [in school], but the more deprived the background, the less the infrastructure at home, the greater the need.  If schools aren't going to do these things, who is?       -Anthony Seldon

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.      -Abraham Lincoln

We are failing in schools of education because we're not helping teachers to shed the role of teachers and become human beings and to realize that they are guides.  To the extent to which they recognize this, so will they be successful in the classroom because a kid can recognize a guide. . . . Imagine what it would be like if everyone in this room had the opportunity to be encouraged to be a unique human being.  But you know how it seems to me?  That the essence of our educational system is to make everybody like everybody else.  And when we've done that, we consider ourselves very lucky, indeed.  You see it happening all the time!  "I'm not interested in your uniqueness.  I'm interested in knowing if I have succeeded in giving you me, and to the extent to which you can parrot me, I have been a successful teacher."        -Leo Buscaglia

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 people.        -Bill Beattie

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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.       -Edith Hamilton
Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you don't consider your students to be human beings.        -Lou Ann Walker
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.        -R. Baker
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.        -Robert Maynard Hutchins
The word education comes from the Latin word educare, which means "to draw out."  We do not teach our children the love of learning.  We do not hold knowledge before them as a powerful tool for personal development.  We don't produce broadly educated, well-rounded leaders for tomorrow.  We teach more and more about less and less.  We don't draw out the individual.  We impose upon the individual--systems and structures.  We don't reverence individuality, we don't treasure it, we stifle it and try to stamp it out.  We don't educate, we formulate.  We abandon the individual in his or her own need and uniqueness and "impose" the same upon all.

We provide an education in specialization.  We produce clones for the modern world.  We throw people into a mold, which we call an education system, to form cogs for the global economic wheel, all the time dangling the golden carrot before them as incentive and reason.

Truth be told, our modern education systems crush the very spirit they claim to instill.

Matthew Kelly

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.        -Robert Maynard Hutchins
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.        -Will Durant

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.        -Abbé Dimnet
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.        -Roger Lewin
I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver.  Then they would really be educated.        -Al McGuire
We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you sincerely desire a truly well-rounded education, you must study the extremists, the obscure and "nutty."  You need the balance!  Your poor brain is already being impregnated with middle-of-the-road crap, twenty-four hours a day, no matter what.  Network TV, newspapers, radio, magazines at the supermarket... even if you never watch, read, listen, or leave your house, even if you are deaf and blind, the telepathic pressure alone of the uncountable normals surrounding you will insure that you are automatically well-grounded in consensus reality.        -Ivan Stang


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