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Why Education Matters


I confess, I am a quote-a-holic. I have yet to find a step group for this, so for the time being, my quote addiction will continue!

Todays collection of quotes are about education. Statistics overwhelmingly show that education is the key to reducing global poverty, especially education and empowerment for girls. As school gets underway in the ensuing weeks, support your local school district, get involved, offer to be a tutor, be a positive and encouraging parent, volunteer in the classroom and donate to organizations that are educating the poor without discrimination globally.


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.
African proverb via Greg Mortensen”   ~ Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
~William Butler Yeats

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”   ~Plato

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”   ~ Nelson Mandela

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”   ~Margaret Mead

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”  ~ Aristotle

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”   ~ Aristotle

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”   ~ Malcolm X

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”   ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”   ~T.H. White, The Once and Future King

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“When you know better you do better.”   ~ Maya Angelou

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”   ~ Walter Cronkite

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”   ~Victor Hugo

“Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.”   ~ Peter S. Jennison

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”   ~ George Washington

“Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”  ~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”   ~ Confucius

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”  ~Native American Saying

What I Like About Sanders And Trump

Bernie Sanders

It has definitely been an interesting launch into the election season. Some have called it weird, many seem speechless, but it has created an unusually high amount of interest.

One Huffington Post article noted that; according to a recent poll, Americans would like to have a presidential primary process that doesn’t suck. In the post, author Jason Linkins notes:

The process by which we elect presidents sucks canal water, and people hate it. One of the things that people really hate about it is the long and drawn-out primary process, in which a few states fight to the death to be the first to hold primaries, and then once those are done, everyone agrees to pretend for a while that it isn’t completely obvious who is going to eventually win.

While this primary season may not exactly be what some were hoping for, it has been anything but boring. Two reasons the bore-factor has been in remission can be attributed to candidate Donald Trump, who is running on the Republican ticket, and Bernie Sanders, who is running on the Democrat ticket.

Both Trump and Sanders chose their respective party platforms not because of a longstanding ideological alignment, but rather because they needed a major party platform in order to have a chance at winning the job of POTUS.

Or did they?

I’m not a Sanders or a Trump fan. I have animus for different reasons towards each candidate. But what I do like about them, is the reason this primary season has drawn more interest than primaries past.

In my opinion, they are not playing by the rules, and to me, that is refreshing. Even those who disagree with them have had positive things to say concerning their tenacity. Perhaps another way to say is that they are refusing the role of status quo politicians, pandering to a platform in order to get money and the endorsements. Both of these candidates actually believe in their ideas and are less concerned with Political Correctness.

The early success of Trump and Sanders has been met with loud concern.  In a nutshell, the concern is that their growing popularity over the party “regulars” or “expecteds” will divide the vote thus handing the election to the enemy.

Instead of touting fear about party divisions, a better plan would be for both sides to pause long enough to realize the American people are tired of their politics and long for a leader, not an entrenched “politician.” I would recommend they tap into the disruption beneath the waterline that Bernie and Donald have tapped into…it is getting traction.

Some of you are thinking “Hey Bernie is a politician as he has been in it for a long time.”  That is true, however, he has been an outsider whose voice seems to be breaking through because the party doesn’t own him. Trump is a businessman, brash and egotistical who also won’t be owned by a party.

The Republican and Democrat leadership are scratching their heads right now, and that is good for us.

This is why I like these two guys. They are creating a larger conversation because they simply don’t care about the politics on the Hill.

Would either of them be a great president? I’m not so sure, but perhaps the time has come for “We the people” to take back our political rights and the parties that are supposed to represent us.

The voice of the people has been lost as the desire for political power and longevity has taken the primary place.

While you may not like The Don and Bernie, they are striking a resonate chord with many because they refuse to play the political game.