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