Education Quotes
Explaining the purposes and methods of education.

Last updated:
03 Oct 2005

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo

Teach only when cornered, otherwise let the people learn.
- Keith King

What we do, if we are successful, is to stir interest in the matter at hand, awaken enthusiasm for it, arouse a curiosity, kindle a feeling, fire up the imagination...full quote
- Professor Julius Sumner Miller, 1992

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains. 
The superior teacher demonstrates. 
The great teacher inspires.
- William A. Ward

A democratic education means that we educate people in a way that ensures they can think independently, that they can use information, knowledge, and technology, among other things, to draw their own conclusions.
- Linda Darling-Hammond

There are two modes of knowledge: through argument and through experience. Argument brings conclusions and compels us to concede them, but it does not cause certainty nor remove doubts that the mind may rest in truth, unless this is provided by experience.
- Roger Bacon, 1268

In roughly the last century, important experiments have been launched by such charismatic educators as Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, Shinichi Suzuki, John Dewey, and A. S. Neil. These approaches have enjoyed considerable success[...] Yet they have had relatively little impact on the mainstream of education throughout the contemporary world.
- Howard Gardner, The Disciplined Mind

It takes a village to raise a child
- African proverb

Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own.
- John Mason Brown

Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry."
- Albert Einstein

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer;
into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.
- Lady Nancy Astor (1879-1964), English politician, first female member of the British Parliament

Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner.
- John Lubbock

The ultimate aim of education is to enable individuals to become the architects of their own education and through that process to continually reinvent themselves.  I start with the assumption that in a certain significant sense, mind is not present at birth.  Minds are invented when humans interact with the culture in and through which they live.  Brains are biological.  They are conferred at life's beginnings.  Minds are cultural; and although there is not sharp line between what is biological and what is cultural - they define each other - the overriding perspective I want to commend is that schools have something to significant to do with the invention of mind.  The invention of mind in schools is promoted both by the opportunities located in the curriculum and by the school's wider culture.  They are found in the forms of mediation through which the curriculum and schooling as a culture take place.  In this sense, the curriculum is...a mind-altering device.

The important outcomes of schooling include not only the acquisition of new conceptual tools, refined sensibilities, a developed imagination, and new routines and techniques, but also new attitudes and dispositions.  The disposition to continue to learn throughout life is perhaps one of the most important contributions that schools can make to an individual's development.
- Elliot W. Eisner

To one who, journeying through night and fog,
Is mired neck-deep in an unwholesome bog,
Experience, like the rising of the dawn,
Reveals the path that he should not have gone.
- Joel Frad Bink


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