Blog Topic: Quotes on Education and Learning

Instead of an “attention-deficient” student, we ought to worry about an “inspiration-deficient” classroom

Inspiration Deficit Disorder

“Children are people; they grow into tomorrow only as they live today.” (John Dewey)

“Children are people…”

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” (Derek Bok)

“…try ignorance”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Albert Einstein)

“Imagination is more important…”

“The adults of today spent twenty-five hours of their young lives learning quadratic equations, with varying degrees of success. Was it time well spent?” (Philip Gammage)

“Was it time well spent?”

“The starting point is wonder, curiosity and the joy of discovery, which external compulsion is more likely to extinguish than ignite.” (Philip Coggin)

“The starting point is…”

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!” (Wanda Landowska)

“The most beautiful thing in the world…”

“Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much

“Birds fly, fish swim…”

“Schools are artificial man-made institutions in contrast to the home, which is a natural setting. There have always been many cultures with no schools, but none without homes. Learning at home, in fact, was the original education system, and school has become the substitute. Until the last century, children didn’t usually even begin formal school

“Schools are artificial…”

“Certainly the failure rate among schoolchildren is far higher than homeschoolers.  If ‘failure to educate’ means child neglect or even child abuse, well then, I’ll tell you what, plenty of our schools are in big trouble.” (David Guterson – Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense)

‘Failure to educate’