Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.
The children are now working as if I did not exist.
Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
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."
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
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