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Acton, Lord John Emerich
For centuries it was never discovered that education was a function of the State, and the State never attempted to educate. But when modern absolutism arose, it laid claim to everything on behalf of the sovereign power... When the revolutionary theory of government began to prevail, and Church and State found that they were educating for opposite ends and in a contradictory spirit, it became necessary to remove children entirely from the influence of religion.

Adams, Henry Brooke
All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarizing the popular mind; for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most effective for State purposes.

1906 - from The Education of Henry Adams
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

1906 - from The Education of Henry Adams
... the active-minded young man should ask of his teacher only mastery of his tools. The young man himself, the subject of education, is a certain form of energy; the object to be gained is economy of his force; the training is partly the clearing away of obstacles, partly the direct application of effort. Once acquired, the tools and models may be thrown away.

Feb. 16, 1907 - from the preface to The Education of Henry Adams
Aguyo, Albert  
Before Canada jeopardizes its scientific future and compromises its scientific community to achieve short-term budgetary solutions, it must recognize that the funding of university science is both a government responsibility and a long-range investment. Without government support, Canada's university science infrastructure will erode, and along with it, the country's competitiveness in a world economy increasingly based on knowledge.

Jan. 10, 1997 - Science Magazine editorial (with Richard A. Murphy)
Alfred the Great
The saddest thing about any man is that he be ignorant -- and the most exciting thing is that he knows.

quoted in The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger, Little, Brown and Co.
Angell, Norman
It is not the facts which guide the conduct of men, but their opinions about facts; which may be entirely wrong. We can only make them right by discussion.

Archbishop Wulfstan
There is also a need that each should understand where he came from and what he is -- and what will become of him.

quoted in The Year 1000 by Robert Lacy and Danny Danziger, Little, Brown and Co.
Aristotle
The things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.




We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

Arnold, Dr. Thomas
What we must look for here is, first, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.

from an address to the Rugby students, quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations
Ashcroft, Sen. John
The National Standards for United States History do not mention Robert E. Lee, Paul Revere's midnight ride, and did not mention the Wright Brothers or Thomas Edison. Who made the grade with the revisionists, the educationalists, the liberals who wanted to rewrite history? Well, Mansa Musa, a 14th-century African king, and the Indian chief Speckled Snake had prominent display, but not these others.

Oct. 27, 1997 - quoted in the Washington Times
Auden, W.H.
[A prediction of the future] Reason will be replaced by Revelation ... Knowledge will degenerate into a riot of subjective visions ... Idealism will be replaced by materialism ... Diverted from its normal outlet in patriotism or civic and family pride, the need of the masses for some visible Idol to worship will be driven into totally unsociable channels where no education can reach it. ... Justice will be replaced by pity as the cardinal human virtue.

1958 - from For the Time Being, quoted in "Annus Memorabilis", by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Prospect Magazine (Jan. 1998)
Baldwin, James
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

Bastiat, Frederic
Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

1850 - from The Law
Beattie, Bill
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.

Bennett, William J.
Education is, after all, a serious business. Its lifeblood is standards. If there are no standards, how do we call something higher education?

Oct. 01, 1990 - from a speech at the University of Notre Dame
Benson, Iain  
[Public education's current] subjective approach to teaching 'values' ignores the education system's role to assist parents and the wider community in forming the character of the next generation of citizens. ... current teaching methods which ignore concepts such as morality and character will prove to be detrimental to how young people view civic responsibility and, ultimately, democracy.




Bhagavad Gita
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.

Bierce, Ambrose
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Black, Conrad Moffat  
Educational egalitarianism teaches that the student who knows nothing is just as good and worthy of a hearing as the one who knows something.

1981 - from Confessions, Totem Books, Toronto
Bloom, Alan
Students these days are, in general, nice. I choose the word carefully. They are not particularly moral or noble.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
... one should never forget that Socrates was not a professor, that he was put to death, and that the love of wisdom survived, partly because of his individual example.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
Bradbury, Ray
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Brooks, William  
...one of the most striking characteristics of our progressive education system is the obscurity of its aims and objectives.

1975 - from "Some Reflections on Canadian Education", published in the History and Social Science Teacher
... the movement spawned by [philosopher and educator John] Dewey at the turn of the century is systematically woven around a common philosophy whose roots are deeply embedded in the intellectual life of nineteenth century Europe. ... not only have progressive educators been social revolutionaries in their own right, but that John Dewey himself owes a yet-to-be-fully-acknowledged debt to Marxism that has produced a profound paradigmatic effect on educational theory and practice throughout this century. Canadian education has borrowed heavily from this paradigm.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
... in 1979, I worked with Professor Yarema Kelebay of McGill University on a project mandated by the Quebec Association of Teachers of History. As two former Presidents of that Association, we were asked to analyze the contents of a new Canadian history syllabus that had been developed for Quebec high schools by the Quebec Ministry of Education. We concluded that the course of study was profoundly anti-capitalist and embraced a Marxist economic interpretation to the exclusion of all other perspectives on Canadian history. The reaction to our conclusions was stormy to say the least, and there was a great deal of opposition to the thesis, primarily on the basis that this was not the sort of thing that should be brought up in polite company.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
[After an analysis of the teaching of economics in Canadian high schools] ... we found an unmistakable tilt in economics education toward Fabian and Keynesian themes, and a general absence of the corpus of thought that supported the idea of a free marketplace.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning



The development of appropriate educational policy can be crucial to the well-being of a society. Policy developers should not become unwitting slaves to other men's ideas especially when those ideas may become destructive of the goals and purposes of the very societies they seek to serve. ... Before change and a shift to more appropriate policy is possible, the slaves [to current education idealogy] must be set free.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
Unfortunately, philosophy is no longer taken seriously, either as a source of success or failure in education. The much talked about problems in our schools today are, for the most part, examined in material terms. Aside from the ethnocentric issue of language of instruction, all parties seem to have agreed to discuss education almost entirely as a fiscal issue. The conventional progressive paradigm, albeit with frequent revisions and practical modifications, is fundamentally unchallenged. ... Public officials have conceded control over the content of education to appointed 'professionals' and any trespass into that jurisdiction is regarded with utmost impatience.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
The educational community should never surrender its right to dissent and raise questions about the nature of our culture. The longing to play a role in the development of a good and just society remains one of the highest and most valuable motivations of the teacher. But in the shadow of so many twentieth century societies that have been fractured, vulgarized and impoverished by Marxist ideology, it may be time to begin a more open discourse about the sources of thought that set the agenda for our schools.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
Brougham, Lord
Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.

Feb. 7, 1828 - from his speech "The Present State of the Law"
Cavazos, Lauro
Education: We must do better or perish as the nation we know today.

Chapman, Steve
One of the little-noticed facts about racial preferences in university admissions is that applicants of Asian ancestry are penalized, not helped. Why? Not because they've suffered less discrimination on average than, say, Latinos. But because, as a group, they've been too successful -- particularly when it comes to college grades and law school test scores. The diversity [some universities] seek is an oddly one-dimensional kind. Race overrides everything else.

Apr. 5, 2001 - from "Worshipping 'Diversity' At The University of Michigan", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
Churchill, Charles
By different methods different men excel.

from Epistle to William Hogarth
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

from Pro Archia Poeta
Clark, John Maurice
Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.

Cobden, Richard
The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices.




Confucius
Study without thinking and you are blind; think without studying and you are in danger.

from Analects 2.16
Enliven the ancient and also know what is new; then you can be a teacher.

from Analects 2.11
Coolidge, Calvin
We do not need more knowledge, we need more character!

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Creighton, Bishop
The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.

Davies, Robertson  
Education is a great shield against experience. It offers so much, ready-made and all from the best shops, that there's a temptation to miss your own life in pursuing the lives of your betters. It makes you wise in some ways, but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others.

1975 - from World of Wonders
It is not my intention to denounce modern education. If it is bad, it may be said that all education is bad which is not self-education, and quite a lot of self-education is going on today -- some of it in our schools, under the very noses of the teachers!

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice From the Attic
Not all readers are prepared, at all times, to make independent judgments. But the failure of modern education to equip them to do so even when they have the inclination creates a serious gap in modern culture.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice From the Attic
I don't regret economic and educational advance; I just wonder how much we shall have to pay for it, and in what coin.

1970 - from Fifth Business
Dewey, Douglas D.  
The takeover of education by the states in the mid-19th century and the resulting abdication of authority by the family set in motion a crippling concatenation of usurpation and surrender that continues to this day.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80



Government schooling reduces parents to the role of assistants who ensure the completion of homework, help with occasional projects, and get the kids to soccer practice on time. Government schooling is the very linchpin of the welfare state...

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
In every other area of welfare reform, from health care to food stamps to housing to social security, the essential question is finally being asked: Is this the proper role of government? Not so with education. Until we acknowledge that government schooling is welfare, real education reform is impossible.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
Diefenbaker, John George  
There can be no dedication to Canada's future without a knowledge of its past.

Oct. 9, 1964 - quoted in the Toronto Star newspaper
Diogenes
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

Disraeli, Benjamin
There is no education like adversity.

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.

Dixon, Kathleen
 [Rejecting colleague Richard Zeller's proposal to teach a course on political correctness] We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech.

Sep. 28, 2000 - quoted by Larry Elder in "The politically incorrect professor"
Durant, William
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

1980
Eaton, Edward Dwight
... education is not adequately given in forms of dogmatic assertion. The growing mind is sensitive and suspicious of mere authority. It dreads wearing a chain. If it submit itself for a time to the constraint of maturer minds, the reaction will be all the more pronounced when it emerges into the world of unbelief that is waiting to claim it.

Nov. 4, 1886 - from his inaugural address as president of Beloit College
Edinborough, Arnold  
Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.




Einstein, Albert
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Those to whom the moral teaching of the human race is entrusted surely have a great duty and a great opportunity.

Nov. 1947 - from "Atomic War or Peace", published by The Atlantic Monthly Magazine
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Eliot, Thomas Stearns
It seems to me that in a healthy society, there will be a gradation of types between thought and action; at one extreme the detached contemplative, the critical mind which is concerned with the discovery of truth, not with its promulgation and still less with its translation into action, and at the other extreme, the N.C.O. of politics, the man who in spite of relative indifference to general ideas, is equipped with native good sense, right feeling and character, supported by discipline and education. Between these two extremes there is room for several varieties and several kinds of political thinking; but there should be no breach of continuity between them.

from his lecture "The Literature of Politics"
By destroying traditional social habits of the people, by dissolving their natural collective consciousness into individual constituents, by licensing the opinions of the most foolish, by substituting instruction for education, by encouraging cleverness rather than wisdom, the upstart rather than the qualified, by fostering a notion of getting on to which the alternative is a hopeless apathy, Liberalism can prepare the way for that which is its own negation: the artificial, mechanized or brutalized control which is a desperate remedy for its chaos ... Out of Liberalism itself come philosophies which deny it.

1940 - from The Idea of a Christian Society
Ellis, Richard
The Swedish system, introduced by social democrats in the 1930's, built on a need for trygghet, which, roughly translated, means 'a feeling of security', as if one were being held in one's mother's arms. Their Utopian vision was for the creation of a folk hemmet a people's home where workers would be highly taxed, but be guaranteed employment and universal welfare, such as free education and health care, pensions and holidays. ... With people now waiting years for operations and with schools short of books and qualified teachers, Swedes are wondering where all the money goes. On the streets of Stockholm, down-and-outs have appeared for the first time.

1990 - from a column in The Sunday Times, London
Finn, Chester E.
Six out of seven [American] eighth graders were not 'proficient' in U.S. history in 1994, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), while 39 percent were unaware of even the most basic aspects of their nation's past. Even more alarming, 57 percent of high school seniors registered 'below basic' in history. These ill-informed young people are now voters.

Sep. 1996 - from "Can the Schools Be Saved?", originally published by The Fordham Foundation
Progressivism [in education] has its virtues, especially when contrasted to the rote memorization of Mr. Gradgrind's classroom. Children learn best when their minds are engaged, the material is interesting and the teacher is encouraging. But progressivism is hard to reconcile with externally-set standards and hostile to vigorous, teacher-led instruction - the very things that disadvantaged children especially need.

Sep. 1996 - from "Can the Schools Be Saved?", originally published by The Fordham Foundation
... the combined onslaught of multiculturalism, deconstructionism and relativism [on public education] has left curricular havoc in its wake, all but obliterating the civic-culture mission of public education in favor of bilingualism, individual expressionism, revisionist history and separatist literature. The primal basis of societal responsibility for education is the induction of the young into adult culture. But today's ethnically-whipsawed and politically-correct public schools largely eschew the challenge of cultural transmission, assimilation and cohesion. Though that task defines the singular mission of public education, it is precisely this mission that U.S. public schools now strenuously reject.

Sep. 1996 - from "Can the Schools Be Saved?", originally published by The Fordham Foundation
Forbes, Malcom S.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.




Friedenberg, Edgar Z.  
In a world as empirical as ours, a youngster who does not know what he is good at will not be sure what he is good for.

1959 - from The Vanishing Adolescent
Friedman, Milton
Support for free choice schools has been growing rapidly and cannot be held back indefinitely by the vested interests of the unions and educational bureaucracy. I sense that we are on the verge of a breakthrough in one state or another, which will then sweep like wildfire through the rest of the country.

Feb. 27, 1995 - from his column in the Washington Post Weekly Edition
There is a distressing similarity to attempts [to establish school voucher programs] made over three decades and from coast to coast. In each case, a dedicated group of citizens makes a well-thought through proposal. It initially garners widespread public support. The educational establishment -- administrators and teachers’ unions -- then launches an attack that is notable for its mendacity but is backed by much larger financial resources than the proponents can command and succeeds in killing the proposal.

May 1996 - from a letter introducing the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation for Education Choice
We have concluded that the achievement of effective parental choice requires an ongoing effort to inform the public about the issues and possible solutions, an effort that is not episodic, linked to particular legislative or ballot initiatives, but that is educational. It requires also the cooperation of the many groups around the country who are devoted to improving the quality of our schools, whether governmental or private.

May 1996 - from a letter introducing the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation for Education Choice
The problem has been widely recognized. Yet, despite numerous efforts to reform government-run schools, the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, the most comprehensive and reliable measures of educational attainment, show no significant improvement in performance in any age category or subject area from the early 1980s to the present. The fault is not with the teachers, it is not with the children, it is not with the parents, it is with the monopoly character of the market for educational services.

May 1996 - from "The Low Quality of Government Education", published by the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation for Education Choice
No one can predict in advance the direction that a truly free-market educational system would take. We know from the experience of every other industry how imaginative competitive free enterprise can be, what new products and services can be introduced, how driven it is to satisfy the customers--that is what we need in education.

Jun. 23, 1995 - from "Public Schools: Make Them Private", published in Cato Briefing Papers by the Cato Institute
Friendly, Fred
Television, whether you like it or not, is the most powerful educational force known to man and we're quivering it away and I find that unacceptable. When are we going to scream, 'That's enough!'

Fritz, Marshall
Can you name your five favorite innovations in cars and airplanes in the last 50 years? In medicine and health care? In computers in the last five years? Now please shout out your five favorite innovations in K-12 schooling in the last 50 years? New math? Values Clarification? Open classroom? Team teaching? Ritalin? MACOS? Whole Language? Mastery Learning? Outcome Based Education? Why are you so quiet? Perhaps the only innovation educators can agree on is the five-fold increase in educator remuneration, after adjustment for price inflation?

from "How School-to-Work Thwarts the Educational Purpose of 'Theophiles'", a speech to educators at The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference
Frye, H. Northrop  
... an open mind, to be sure, should be open at both ends, like the foodpipe, and have a capacity for excretion as well as intake.

1982 - from The Great Code
Gardner, John W.
The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his own education.

1995 - from Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society



I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.

Gerbner, George
Entertainment is the most powerful educational force of any culture.

Gerstner, Louis
Simple organizational ideas like listening to customers, decentralized decision-making, measuring performance, and continuous improvement are notable by their absence in public schools. The issue is to run schools like other successful organizations. Just as businesses are results-oriented, so schools must also be. It is time for results in education.

1994 - from Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools
The fact is, private schools are doing well. It is the public schools that are in deep trouble. Save them and the nation will prosper. Let them fail and we are all at risk.

1994 - from Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools
Our schools should be above politics. But elected school boards too frequently lose sight of their limited policymaking role and get intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of schools, "micromanaging" every aspect of the system. When this occurs, it is no wonder that education becomes "politicized" and subject to compromises that end up satisfying almost no one.

1994 - from Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools
Gingrich, Newt
... while we shouldn't have 'affirmative action' we should have 'affirmative outreach' - especially in education. We want every child to be so well educated that he can pursue happiness without needing a quota. If an ethnic group is not getting enough people into law school, the answer is to reform the local primary and secondary schools. And education is pre-eminently local - local parents, local children, and local teachers. ... In addition, children should go to safe, well-disciplined schools where they are expected to learn the basics.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
If a school system fails to reform itself, parents should have the right to send their children to a decent school. Everywhere in America, when we offer poor inner-city parents this opportunity, they take it. In Ohio, Gov. Voinovich passed a scholarship program, and there are already 2,500 children receiving scholarships in Cleveland, and another 4,500 on the waiting list. Let the Left explain why their unions matter more than our children.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
Giraudoux, Jean
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.

Goldwater, Barry
It is the modern liberal who supports education for 'life-adjustment' and fosters permissiveness in the school and the home. It is the modern liberal who regards discipline and punishment as barbaric relics of a discredited past. It is the modern liberal who seeks to eliminate religious sentiment from every aspect of public life. It is the modern liberal who is concerned for the criminal and careless about his victims... who frowns on the policeman and fawns on the social pathologist. It is the modern liberal who regards our children as educational guinea pigs... [modern liberals believe that] the Golden Rule of the Ten Commandments or Aristotle's Politics are out of date.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
Greenfield, Meg
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.




Griswold, Alfred Whitney
Liberal learning is both a safeguard against false ideas of freedom and a source of true ones.

quoted by John F. Kennedy in a speech at Yale University, Jun. 11, 1962
Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.

from Essays on Education
Gunter, Lorne  
This fall, Canada must submit its regular, five-year report on its compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Despite widespread support for it among the international establishment, the convention is controversial since its provisions would appear to grant governments and international agencies the right to provide sex education, contraceptives, abortion counselling and abortions, and sexual orientation counselling to minor children, even if the children's parent object.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper
Hayakawa, Samuel I.  
Only an idiot would be against speaking two languages. I'm against bilingual education.

quoted in "Loco, Completamente Loco: The many failures of bilingual education" by Glenn Garvin, published in Reason Magazine, January, 1998
Heinlein, Robert Anson
Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation.

1978 - from Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Belief gets in the way of learning.

1973 - from Time Enough for Love
Henry, William A.
Many of the new critics (of liberal-arts education) have a hostile view of traditional scholarship and seem to judge ideas by their 'political correctness' - that is, on the basis of whom they may offend.

Apr. 01, 1991
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.

Hugo, Victor
Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

Hume, William J.
There will be no educational reform until there is a connection between how well the children do and the incentives which drive the educational establishment.