Educational Quotes

Featured Quote: The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.  ~Albert Einstein

An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.  ~Author Unknown

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.  ~Robert G. Ingersoll

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

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~Victor Hugo

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.  What you gain at one end you lose at the other.  It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail.  It won’t fatten the dog.  ~Mark Twain

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.  ~George Santayana

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.  ~Malcolm S. Forbes

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.  ~G.K. Chesterton

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.  ~Abbé Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928

The regular course was Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with; and then the different branches of Arithmetic – Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.  ~Lewis Carroll

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.  ~Roger Lewin

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  ~John Dewey

Vision, Value, School Culture

‘The moral sense, or conscience, is as much part of a man as his leg or arm. It is given to all in a stronger or weaker degree.. It may be strengthened by exercise. Thomas Jefferson

‘ I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder how we could tolerated anything so primitive.’ John W Gardner

‘It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend.’ Nicki GiovanniUSPoet

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land amongst the stars.’ Les Brown

‘You see things and say ‘Why’? But I see things and say ‘Why not?’ G.B Shaw

‘Ones vision is not a roadmap but a compass’. Peter Block Business Philosopher

‘The pathway to educational excellence lies within each school.’ Terrance Deal

‘It is our dream that students will …experience their classrooms as invigorating, even inspiring environments – places they look forward to going to and places they hate to leave. It is our dream that they will come to know themselves as masters of various crafts…It is our dreams that …they will come to love the process of learning itself… by making it their own.’ Paideia Schools

Shared leadership… is less like a an orchestra, where the conductor is always in charge, and more like a jazz band, where leadership is passed around … depending on what the music demands at the moment and who feels most moved by the spirit to express the music.’ Schlechy 2001

‘Leaders… will be explorers, adventurers, trailblazers… leaders of leaders… They will gather around them people who have the future in their bones.’ Rowan Gibson ‘Re Thinking the Future.’

‘The key to leadership is having people willing to follow you if only out curiosity to see what’s going to happen.’ Marc Anderson Founder of Netscape

‘Education can change culture but only in so far as educators are transformed.’ParentSchoolBoardUSA

‘My job is creating an environment where teachers continually learn’. US Innovative Principal

‘Alicecame to a fork in the road. ‘Which one will I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t knowAliceanswered. ‘Then’, said the cat, ‘It doesn’t matter.”Alicein Wonderland

‘Power can be taken, but not given. The process of taking is empowerment itself.’ Gloria SteinemUSFeminist

( We need) ‘leadership that is tough enough to demand a great deal from everyone, and leadership that is tender enough to encourage the heart.’ Thomas Sergiovanni Leadership for the Schoolhouse

‘When we are doing something we’re passionate about, failure becomes a non-issue… Pursuit of a dream rarely leads to regrets… Too many of those with unrealized aspirations have set them aside due to fear of failure’ Farson and Keyes.


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