Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
School prepares for the alienating institutionalization of life by teaching the need to be taught.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
In times of change, learners inherit the earth
Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.
Life can only be understood backwards.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
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.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.
Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
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. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily.
School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence.
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.
If the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself.
I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.
School is about learning to wait your turn, however long it takes to come, if ever. And how to submit with a show of enthusiasm to the judgment of strangers, even if they are wrong, even if your enthusiasm is phony.
In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it...and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
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