The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'
More free time means more time to waste. The worker who used to have only a little time in which to get drunk and beat his wife now has time to get drunk, beat his wife - and watch TV.
Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.
The best education for the best is the best education for all.
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
The policy of repression of ideas cannot work and never has worked.
A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.
Football, fraternities, and fun have no place in the university. They were introduced only to entertain those who shouldn't be in the university.
Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.
Nobody can read Freud without realizing that he was the scientific equivalent of another nuisance, George Bernard Shaw.
When we listen to the radio, look at television and read the newspapers we wonder whether universal education has been the great boon that its supporters have always claimed it would be.
For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.
Education can be dangerous. It is very difficult to make it not dangerous. In fact, it is almost impossible.
The most distressing aspect of the world into which you are going is its indifference to the basic issues, which now, as always, are moral issues.
Anybody who feels at ease in the world today is a fool.
The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
We do not know what education can do for us, because we have never tried it.
It has been said that we have not had the three R's in America, we had the six R's; remedial readin', remedial 'ritin' and remedial 'rithmetic.
Whether four years of strenuous attention to football and fraternities is the best preparation for professional work has never been seriously investigated.
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