Words to Live By - Eduction

" I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. "
--Agatha Christie

" School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. "
--Ivan Illich in Deschooling Society 

" To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educational opportunity is like confusing organized religion with spirituality. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. "
-- Wendy Priesnitz

" Great spirits have always been violently oppressed by mediocre minds. "
-- Albert Einstein

" It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. "
-- Albert Einstein

" The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort. "
                                      --Ayn Rand  

" Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school. "
-- Melinda Harmon, Federal Judge

" Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. "
-- William Butler Yeats

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

" What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child. "
-- George Bernard Shaw