Quotes

Some quotes on teaching to get you thinking:
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

– John Dewey

“I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity.”

– Joichi Ito
What matters today. . . is not how much our students know, but what they can do with what they know.

– Tony Wagner

“The high school and college graduates who will get and keep good jobs in the new global economy and contribute solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are those who can bring . . . “a spark of imagination” to whatever they do.

– Tony Wagner

“Schools were built upon a fundamental premise that teachers and knowledge and information were scarce. That is no longer the reality.”

– Will Richardson

“We as educators need to reconsider our roles in students’ lives, to think of ourselves as connectors first and content experts second.”

– Will Richardson

“Learning a passion to learn is more important for your practical success than learning any particular facts or skills.”

– Will Richardson
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

– Aristotle

“Learning is not just about “correcting” what students already know. Learning is not just about students’ acquiring what some in schools and society have already determined to be the things that they are “supposed” to know. Given the recognition that curriculum cannot help but be partial, learning needs to involve refusing to be comfortable with what we already know and what we are coming to know.”

– Kevin Kumashiro

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s

an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

– Ken Robinson

“…Iamevenmoreconvincednow,thatuntilwetakeseriouslytheextenttowhicheducationiscaughtup intherealworldofshiftingandunequalpowerrelations,wewillbelivinginaworlddivorcedfrom reality.”

– Michael Apple

“There is no way to help a learner to be disciplined, active, and thoroughly engaged unless he perceives a problem to be a problem or whatever is to-be-learned as worth learning, and unless he plays an active role in determining the process of solution.”

– Neil Postman

“Every educational system is a political means of maintaining or of modifying the appropriation of discourse, with the knowledge and the powers it carries with it.”

– Michel Foucault

“One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.”

– Paulo Freire

“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”

– Paulo Freire

The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”

– Maria Montessori

“Learning is a process that occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements – not entirely under the control of the individual. Learning (defined as actionable knowledge) can reside outside of ourselves (within an organization or a database), is focused on connecting specialized information sets, and the connections that enable us to learn more are more important than our current state of knowing.”

– George Siemens

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