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Today's educational administrators have substituted statistics for experience, and they now wander off through equation after equation, table after table, and eventually
concoct a structure for schools which has no relation whatsoever to the reality of the classroom. This is the new formula for improving the schools. It will fail.

-- Bill Purdin

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
-- H. G. Wells

The highest result of education is tolerance. -- Helen Keller

You teach best what you most need to learn. -- Richard Bach

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -- Herbert Spencer

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. -- Confucius

The least of learning is done in the classrooms. -- Thomas Merton

Minds are like parachutes -- they only function when open. -- Thomas Dewar
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. -- Kahlil Gibran
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. -- Jacques Barzun

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.
-- Quintus Septimius Tertullianus

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. -- Austin Phelps

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. -- Moliere

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. -- Confucius

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
-- Bertrand Russell

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is
-- Chuck Reid

The things taught in school are not an education but a means to an education.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A house without books is like a room without windows.-- Horace Mann

We must abandon completely the naive faith that school automatically liberates the mind and serves the cause of human progress; in fact, we know that it may serve any cause. [It] may serve tyranny as well as truth, war as well as peace, death as well as life . . . whether it is good or evil depends, not on the laws of learning, but on the conception of life and civilization that gives it substance and direction. In the course of history, education has served every purpose and doctrine contrived by man. If it is to serve the cause of human freedom, it must be explicitly designed for that purpose.
-- George S. Counts

Sitting in the same classroom, reading the same textbook, listening to the same teacher, boys and girls receive very different educations. From grade school through graduate school female students are more likely to be invisible members of classrooms. Teachers interact with males more frequently, ask them better questions, and give them more precise and helpful feedback. Over the course of years the uneven distribution of teacher time, energy, attention, and talent, with boys getting the lion's share, takes its toll on girls. Since gender bias is not a noisy problem, most people are unaware of the secret sexist lessons and the quiet losses they engender.-- Myra & David Sadker, Failing At Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls

One's mind, once streched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes. Jr.

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex
-- Aldous Huxley

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. -- Albert Einstein

Control over thought is a long, painful and laborious process. But I am convinced that, no time, no labor and no pain is too much for the glorious result to be reached.
-- Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Only the educated are free. -- Epictetus

Better is the frugal intellectual repast with contentment and virtue, than the luxury of learning with egotism and vice. -- Mary Baker Eddy

I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. -- Chinese proverb

Listen to the mustn'ts, child
Listen to the don'ts
Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child
Anything can be.

-- Shel Silverstein

If I ran a school, I'd give the average grades to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. -- John Cotton Dana

Children have never been very good at listening
to their elders. But they never fail to imitate them.
-- James Baldwin

The five evidences of education are as follows:
1. Correctness and precision of speech.
2. Refined and gentle manners.
3. The power and habit of reflection.
4. The power of growth.
5. The possession of efficiency -- the power to do.
~ Nicholas Murray Butler

Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
~ Cree Indian Prophecy

In science, read by preference the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classics are always modern. ~ Lord Lytton

A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is an educational channel. It's called "off."~ Lily Henderson (age 11)

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
~ William Arthur Ward

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
~ Malcolm S. Forbes

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