Here is a list of quotes and sayings about education that inspire me:

  • The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of it’s teachers.
  • High performance requires every child to succeed.
  • I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
  • A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: I don’t know and I don’t care.
  • Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don’t know
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune
  • Education costs money, but ignorance costs more – Ingvi Omarsson
  • I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.- Chinese Proverb
  • The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.- Robert Maynard Hutchins
  • The kids in our classroom are infinitely more significant than the subject matter we teach.- Meladee McCarty
  • Teaching is not a profession; it’s a passion.- Unknown
  • Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.- David M. Burns
  • Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.- Gail Godwin
  • Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions.- D.T. Max
  • I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.- Dudley Field Malone
  • What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.- George Bernard Shaw
  • ‘Those who do nothing are never wrong. -Theodore de Bouville
  • ‘Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • ‘We need to be the authors of our own life. -Peter Senge
  • ‘We can make the trains run on time but if they are not going where we want them to go, why bother? -Neil Postman
  • ‘If you are looking for a big opportunity, find a big problem.
  • (Our large schools)..are organized like a factory of the late 19th C : top down, command control management, a system designed to stifle creativity and independent judgement. -David T Kearns CEO Xerox
  • ‘Many of our schools are good schools if only this were 1965. -Louise Stoll and Dean Fink
  • ‘You see things and say ‘Why’? But I see things and say ‘Why not?’ -G.B Shaw
  • ‘The pathway to educational excellence lies within each school.’ -Terrance Deal
  • ‘We imagine a school in which students and teachers excitedly and joyfully stretch themselves to their limits in pursuit of projects built on their vision…not one that succeeds in making apathetic students satisfying minimal standards.’ -S Papert
  • ‘It is what teachers think, what teachers do, and what teachers are at the level of the classroom that ultimately shapes the kind of learning that young people get.’ -Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
  • ‘Every parent’s deepest wish is that their children are self sufficient, happy, and able to live a full life.’ -Peter Block
  • ‘To be a teacher you must be a prophet – because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to fifty years into the future.’ -Gordon Brown MIT
  • ‘Smart people don’t learn… because they have too much invested in proving what they know and avoiding being seen as not knowing.’ Chris Agyris
  • ‘What a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow’. -Lev Vygotsky.
  • ‘Time given to thought is the greatest timesaver of all’. Norman Cousins
  • ‘Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.’ -William Feather US Author
  • ‘Only the mediocre are always at their best.’
  • ‘Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we were never able to do.’ Peter Senge
  • ‘We don’t have to make human beings smart. They are born smart. All we have to do is stop doing things that make them stupid.’ -John Holt
  • ‘Many children struggle in schools… because the way they are being taught is the way is incompatible with the way they learn.’ -Peter Senge
  • ‘Most learning disabilities are actually teaching disabilities on the part of the school.’
  • Before we choose our tools and techniques we must choose our dreams and values.’
  • ‘If you want to make a mark you have to take a risk.’ -Terrance E Deal
  • ‘Most schools do a remarkably poor job of recognizing and rewarding future achievers… The standards of success in school have very little to do with standards thereafter’ -Farson and Keyes “Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.”
  • ‘We are creating a one size fits all system that needlessly brands many young people as failures, when they might thrive if offered a different education whose progress was measured differently. Paradoxically we’re embracing standardized tests just when the economy is eliminating standardized jobs.’ -Robert Reich Former US Labor Secretary.
  • ‘We should train ourselves not to ask ‘How intelligent he/she is?’ but ‘Which intelligence doe he/she have most of?.’ -Charles Handy
  • ‘Some people see things as they are and ask ‘why’? I see things as they have never been and ask ‘why not’?’ -George Bernard Shaw
  • ‘To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.’ -Joseph Chillons Pearce
  • ‘Professionals built the Titanic – an amateur built the Ark.’
  • ‘The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot a wrong question.’ -Anthony Jay
    • ‘Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?’ -Frank Scully
  • ‘We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.’ Anais Nin Diarist
  • ‘You miss 100% of all the shots you never take,’ -Wayne Gretsky Ice Hockey Coach
  • ‘Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. You simply ‘must do’ things.’ -Ray Bradbury
  • ‘To go faster you must slow down.’ -John Brunner Author
    • ‘It is not so important to have all the answers as to be hungry for them.’ -Carol Ann Tomlinson ‘The Differentiated Classroom’
  • ‘Plan to be better today, but don’t ever plan to be finished’ -Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • ‘By not trying too hard, we avoid learning what our true potential is, and having to fulfill it. Doing our best can be deeply threatening. It forces us to consider what we’re actually capable of accomplishing. Once we learn the lesson we can’t unlearn it. Our true potential becomes a shining light we can follow…’ -Farson and Keyes ‘Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins’.
  • ‘An exaggerated fear of losing is the ugly sibling of an over emphasis on winning. Both cloud the mind…. The players most urged to victory by mothers and fathers proved to be the most cautious. Those whose parents cheered but didn’t push them were then ones most likely to take chances -and win’. -Farson and Keynes ‘Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins.’
  • ‘To attract joy and create more success, try doing less but doing it with more enthusiasm.’
  • ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ -Albert Einstein

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