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.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
The children are now working as if I did not exist.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
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.
Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
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.
Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.
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.
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.
There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
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.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
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