The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
The children are now working as if I did not exist.
Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.
Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
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.
There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.
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