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Monday, May 5, 2008

Thoughts on Education

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. ~Anatole France

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. ~Beatrix Potter

It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated. ~Edith Hamilton

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens. ~Ethel Barrymore

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~Rachel Carson

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. ~G.M. Trevelyan

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. ~William Haley

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ahh - I needed to hear some of those quotes! As a homeschool mom who is daydreaming of a glorious summer break with 30 more lessons to go! Thanks ... :)

Jenny said...

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~Rachel Carson

I LOVE that quote. It's a great reminder of why I homeschool.

Thanks for sharing.

the good, the bad & the ugly said...

Many of these quotes were just copied into my journal. I love them! By the way, I finished the room! Thanks again for the inspiration. I am really happy with my new space.

Jennifer said...

These are all keepers! Thanks!

E and T said...

Hi Heidi

These quotes sure do highlight flaws that exist in some schools. I particularly like Beatrix Potter's quote. Why does it seem that there is no place for originality in some schools?

I enjoyed reading all of these opinions on education and agree with the sentiments of each of the author's.

Warmest wishes
Elise

Laurel said...

Heidi - Where does the William Haley quote come from? They are all refrigerator magnet worthy:)- umm,that would be a compliment in this household. Laurel

Heidi said...

Laurel~ I don't know exactly where it comes from. I found it while browsing around on the web. Here is a link for you:

http://www.quoteopia.com/famous.php?quotesby=williamhaley

Sorry I don't have a better answer than that!