Thoughts about Education

  1. Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time. Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes, of likes and dislikes, may be and often is much more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history that is learned. For these attitudes are fundamentally what count in the future.
  2. John Dewey

  3. A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life.
  4. Elbert Hubbard

  5. College is a place where a student ought to learn not so much how to make a living, but how to live.
  6. William A Nolen, M.D.

  7. Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly the dual objective: education for living and educating for making a living.
  8. James Mason Wood

  9. ...students should be given the best possible maps of the territories of experience in order that they may be prepared for life...
  10. S.I. Hayakawa

  11. The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others.
  12. Grayson Kirk

  13. Education is helping the child realize his potentialities.
  14. Erich Fromm

  15. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
  16. Robert Maynard Hutchins

  17. Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
  18. B. F. Skinner

  19. The secret of education is respecting the pupil.
  20. Ralph Waldo Emerson

  21. The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.
  22. Ashley Montagu

  23. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.
  24. Napoleon Hill

  25. An important personal quality for a teacher is that he care about humanity. If he doesn't, he is taking his pay illegally.
  26. Edward C. Helwick

  27. Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again... And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.
    When will we also teach them what they are?
  28. Pablo Casals

  29. ...it is astounding that so few people are ever taught the basics of doing the one thing that everything else we do hinges upon--making choices.... In time, schools will likely teach "Choice-Management" as a regular part of a standard curriculum.

Shad Helmstetter