Quotations on Learning
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Our bombs are smarter than our average high school student. They can find Kuwait.

A. Whitney Brown


To my great-grandfather I owed the advice to
dispense with the education of the schools and have good masters at home instead--and to realize that no expense should be grudged for this purpose

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180)
Meditations, Book I, #4


Education is what survives when what has been
learnt has been forgotten

B.F. Skinner (1904-1990)


We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. ... What we can best learn from good teachers is how to teach ourselves better.

John Holt


There is divine beauty in learning. To learn means
to accept the postulate that life did not begin at
my birth. Others have been here before me, and I
walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, and so are you

Elie Wiesel


Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

Erich Fromm


I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.

Whitney Houston


You must write for children in the same way as you do for adults, only better

Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), Russian novelist


What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses? -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), British writer



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