Thursday, September 1, 2011

7 QuickTakes- Education Inspiration

If it is Labor Day weekend (in the US)- it must be school time! I don't know about you, but I need some quick inspiration...

1. "Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?" CS Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

2. "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." Oscar Wilde
"Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know." GK Chesterton
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats

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

4. "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.' Abigail Adams

5. "Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." Plato

6. "Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour." Helen Keller


and as a bonus: "1. Confusion 2. Class Position 3. Indifference 4. Emotional Dependency 5. Intellectual Dependency 6. Provisional Self-Esteem 7. One Can't Hide. It is the great triumph of compulsory, government monopoly mass-schooling that among even the best of my fellow teachers, and among even the best of my students' parents, only a small number can imagine a different way to do things" - John Taylor Gatto 
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  1. "Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality" -Beatrix Potter

  2. Paula- That's one of my favorites- I love Beatrix Potter

  3. Great quotes! Do you homeschool? Hey, sis- I just saw that Project Gutenberg has a kindle format. Look up education of catholic girls-- grrrreat! Who needs brick and mortar?

  4. Knew all that. Can't teach nuttin ! But thanks anyway.

  5. homeschooling - depriving children to experience their own world!

  6. for my family- homeschooling is our way to experience the world- if you interested, click on the label 'homeschooling' here and it will give you an idea of where we are coming from. We are out of the house every day, experiencing the world- and yes- the big girls experience things without my personal supervision. I don't see how being in class all day listening to a teacher lecture and then going home with hours of extra work to be completed in isolation is the best way to experience the world. But education is a very personal experience, and most parents are just trying to do what is best for their individual children.


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