I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.
Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
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.
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.
Education is our passport to the future.
There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.
Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
They say that we are better educated than our parents' generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. They are not the same thing.
The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.
Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
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.
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
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