Quotations on Learning
page VII

Living up to basic ethical standards in the classroom-discipline, tolerance, honesty-is one of the most important ways children learn how to function in society at large.

Eloise Salholz


In Britain, the segregated world of public schools crops up in all kinds of institutions: A boy can pass from Eton to the Guards to the Middle Temple to Parliament and still retain the same male world of leather armchairs, teak tables and nicknames. They need never deal closely with other kinds of people, and some never do.

Anthony Sampson


All my pupils are the crème de la crème. Give me a girl of an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.

Muriel Sarah Spark (b. 1918), Scottish writer


The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed.

William John Bennett (b. 1943), Secretary of Education


Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams--daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing--are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization.

L. Frank Baum


Education begins at home. You can't blame the school for not putting into your child what you don't put into him.

Geoffrey Holder


I cannot help but wonder whether, by continuing and expanding the school lunch program, we aren't witnessing, if not encouraging, the slow demise of yet another American tradition: the brown bag. ... Perhaps we are beholding yet another break in the chain that links child to home.

Charles Mathias, Jr., US Senator, Govenor MD


The biggest problem facing American education today is that our children are going into school as question marks and coming out as periods.

Neil Postman


If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

Ignacio Estrada


If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don't teach him to subtract -- teach him to deduct.

Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), American journalist


The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.

Jean Piaget (1896-1980), Swiss child psychologist


Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.

Oscar Wilde


The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which some cases can even survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.

George Orwell, 'Riding Down from Bangor', 1946


One of the greatest gifts adults can give -- to their offspring and to their society -- is to read to children.

Carl Sagan


There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother, but next in rank in efficacy is that of schoolmaster.


Sarah Josepha Hale


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