Quotes

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.
— Taoist Master Zhuang Zhou

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— William Butler Yeats

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon 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.” Let him come and go freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself… Teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.
— Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s mentor and friend

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
— Alexandra K. Trenfor

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
— Epictetus

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
— Albert Einstein

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
— Leonardo da Vinci

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
— George Bernard Shaw

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
— Aristotle

Pedagogy is social technology for winning attention and cooperation (or obedience) while strings are attached to the mind and placed in the hands of an unseen master.
— John Taylor Gatto

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.
— Agatha Christie

Collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.
— Carol Black

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
― George Herbert Palmer

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
— Abraham Lincoln

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
— Albert Einstein

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
— Alvin Toffler

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore, do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement, this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of the child.
— Plato

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

The shocking possibility that dumb people don’t exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the careers devoted to tending to them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my proposition: Mass dumbness first had to be imagined; it isn’t real.
— John Taylor Gatto

The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers —not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.
— Allan Bloom

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