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A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it.
A one-book man is either a slow learner or an ill-equipped teacher.
Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism are the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young.
Creatures whose main spring is curiosity will enjoy the accumulating of fact, far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
Good teaching is l/4th preparation and 3/4ths theatre.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
Learning makes a man fit company for himself.
I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt.
I pay the School Master, but 'tis the school boys that educate my son.
If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family.
If you hit a pony over the nose at the outset of your acquaintance, he may not love you but he will take a deep interest in your movements ever afterwards.
On many American campuses the only qualification for admission was the ability actually to find the campus and then discover a parking space.
One could get a first-class education from a shelf of books five feet long.
One father is more than 100 schoolmasters.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
Pedantry crams our heads with learned lumber and takes out brains to make room for it.
Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
The average PhD thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
Today's public education system is a failed monopoly: bureaucratic, rigid and in unsteady control of dissatisfied captive markets.
Education should be gentle and stern, not cold and lax.
Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn't have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria.
We should not value education as a means to prosperity, but prosperity as a means to education. Only then will our priorities be right. For education, unlike prosperity is an end in itself. .. power and influence come through the acquisition of useless knowledge. . . irrelevant subjects bring understanding of the human condition, by forcing the student to stand back from it.
When there are two PhD's in a developing country, one is Head of State and the other is in exile.
You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
The schools ain't what they used to be and never was.
The things taught in schools are not an education but the means of an education.
The university is the last remaining platform for national dissent.
The freshmen bring a little knowledge in and the seniors take none out, so it accumulates through the years.
Surely the shortest commencement address in history - and for me one of the most memorable - was that of Dr. Harold E. Hyde, President of New Hampshire's Plymouth State College. He reduced his message to the graduating class to these three ideals: 'Know yourself- Socrates. Control yourself- Cicero; Give yourself - Christ.'
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.
By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
Most men of education are more superstitious than they admit - nay, than they think.
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
Education is indoctrination, if you're white - subjugation if you're black.
The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.
Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research.
A good education should leave much to be desired.
'Whom are you?' he asked, for he had been to night school.
Education with inert ideas is not only useless; it is above all things harmful.
Schoolmasters and parents exist to be grown out of.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest. For it is part of education to interest ourselves in subjects for which we have no aptitude.
It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us to escape, not from our own time - for we are bound by that - but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
You can lead a man up to the university, but you can't make him think.
If you think education is expensive - try ignorance.
It is a greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state.
There is less flogging in our great schools than formerly, but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned, and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
Some men are graduated from college cum laude, some are graduated summa cum laude, and some are graduated mirabile dictu.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
We must reject that most dismal and fatuous notion that education is a preparation for life.
Soon learnt, soon forgotten.
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
And if the student finds that this is not to his taste, well, that is regrettable. Most regrettable. His taste should not be consulted; it is being formed.
Education, n: that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
The Romans would never have had time to conquer the world if they had been obliged to learn Latin first of all.
The antithesis between a technical and a liberal education is fallacious. There can be no adequate technical education which is not liberal, and no liberal education which is not technical.
John Milton called his school, Christ College, 'a stony-hearted stepmother'. The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his education.
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college, or because they didn't.
Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly the dual objectives: education for living and educating for making a living.
The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
The Jews have always been students, and their greatest study is themselves.
Whenever I'm asked what college I attended, I'm tempted to reply, Thornton Wilder'.
Let the schools teach the nobility of labour and the beauty of human service: but the superstitions of ages past? Never!
Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
I find the three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni and parking for the faculty.
All learning has an emotional base.
Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn.
Thus education forms the common mind; Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse as his portion.
He couldn't get into Harvard even if he had the dean's wife at gunpoint.
College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?
It's strange how few of the world's great problems are solved by people who remember their algebra.
Those who go to college and never get out are called professors.
You could do anything in your room at college. You could smoke pot, live in a coed dorm, have a girl. But you couldn't have a . . . hot plate!
My husband managed to cram four years of college into five.
One little six-year-old took home a note saying he need not come to school since he was "too stupid to learn." That boy was Thomas Edison.
Last words when sending our boy to college: "If there's anything you want, call us and we'll show you how to live without it."
She's an honor student. She's always saying, "Yes, Your Honor. No, Your Honor."
Bumper sticker: Driver carries no cash - he has a son in college.
Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions - everyone but a school bus driver.
It was going all wrong at my college interview until I nonchalantly asked, "Do you need any large donations for new buildings?"
I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like "What I'm Going to Be if I Grow Up."
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
There are a hundred thousand useless words in the English language, but they come in handy in college football yells.
Passing the SAT: My personal theory is that it has to do with how much money you send them in the mail. I think the amounts they tell you to send are actually just suggested minimum donations - if you get my drift.
Bumper sticker: My kid beat the heck out of the student of the month.
A kindergarten teacher is a woman who knows how to make little things count.
When asked to spell Mississippi the boy asked, "The river or the state?"
Letter home from, college boy: "There are 370 boys here - I wish there were 369."
I used to keep my college roommate from reading my personal mail by hiding it in her textbooks.
We didn't feel so good when we took our son to college and saw a sign on the liquor store - Back to School Sale.
I went to a high school that was so dangerous, the school newspaper had an obituary column.
"Do you think your boy will forget all he learned in college?" "I hope so. He can't make a living drinking."
Do you know the difference between a kayak and a college student? A kayak tips.
Some drink from the fountain of knowledge - others just gargle.
Boy handing over his report card: Of course I seem stupid to my teachers . . . they're all college graduates.
Graduation Speech: You'll have to excuse me if I cry. I've been a little teary-eyed all week; the sadness, the joy, . . . the fact that I'm off my parents' payroll.
Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearsay of little children tends towards the formation of character.
What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
'Tis education forms the common mind; Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get off the thing that he was educated in.
Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.


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