To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching.
The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning.
Teach a child how to think, not what to think.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.
Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
The children are now working as if I did not exist.
Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves
I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
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