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Smith, Joseph F.
The knowledge of truth, combined with the proper regard for it and it's faithful observance, constitutes true education.

Sommers, Christina Hoff
Aristotle laid down ... almost 2500 years ago clear guidance on how to be moral human beings. What Aristotle advocated became the default mode of moral education over the centuries. And it worked. It is only very recently that many educators began to scorn it.

Nov. 09, 1998 - from her essay "Where the Boys Are"
Sowell, Thomas
Many Americans who supported the initial thrust of civil rights, as represented by the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later felt betrayed as the original concept of equal individual opportunity evolved toward the concept of equal group results.

from Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?
The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what has worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.

... three distinguished American scientists, one a Nobel laureate, offered to help design California's new science curriculum last fall - and their offer was rejected. What this little episode shows is that creating a curriculum in our public schools is not about getting children educated. It is about doing things that teachers like and can handle. The last thing they want is a science curriculum designed by somebody with a Nobel Prize. ... The National Education Association may make a lot of noise about not wanting 'unqualified' people in the classrooms. But this is Newspeak. What they mean by 'unqualified' are people who have not jumped through the hoops of the education schools and education departments. Nobel Prize winners are unqualified by this definition.

Mar. 23, 1998 - from "Scientists need not apply", published in Forbes Magazine
Stafford, Ezra H.  
Some day the main aim in education will be to teach men and women to think and to live. That day has not yet come.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Stalin, Joseph
Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

Suzuki, David  
Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Sykes, Charles J.
The politicization of higher education - which has drawn so much criticism and publicity - has been reproduced at the elementary and secondary levels of education with little publicity or opposition, even though in many ways it is more toxic. Children in elementary school are especially defenseless against the appropriation of their education by propagandists, since they lack even the modest abililty to debate and dissent that college students occasionally still retain.

1995 - from Dumbing Down Our Kids

[Eleven maxims not taught in school] 1) Life is not fair; get used to it. 2) The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. 3) You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school (or college). You won't be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both. 4) If you think your teachers are tough, wait till you get a boss. S/he doesn't have tenure. 5) Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity. 6) If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes. Learn from them. 7) Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room. 8) Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. 9) Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time. 10) Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. 11) Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

1995 - from Dumbing Down Our Kids
Not to put too fine a point on it, meaningful reform means breaking the stranglehold of the educational bureaucracy and the educationist establishment on the nation's schools. Any systematic effort to improve the schools that fails to wrest them from the 'interlocking directorate' of the special interests will run aground--as previous attempts have done when they left intact the very institutions that nurtured, sustained, and fed off of educational mediocrity.

1995 - from Dumbing Down Our Kids
Thatcher, Margaret
I believe politicians must see that religious education has a proper place in the school curriculum. The Christian religion - which, of course, embodies many of the great spiritual and moral truths of Judaism - is a fundamental part of our national heritage. For centuries it has been our very lifeblood. Indeed we are a nation whose ideals are founded on the Bible. Also, it is quite impossible to understand our history or literature without grasping this fact. That is the strong practical case for ensuring that children at school are given adequate instruction in the part which the Judaic-Christian tradition has played in molding our laws, manners, and institution. How can you make sense of Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, or of the constitutional conflicts of the seventeenth century in both Scotland and England, without some such knowledge?

May 21, 1988 - from "Christianity and Wealth", a speech to the leaders of the Church of Scotland
Politicians must be... wary of political ideologies. It is not our business to plan the educational system as a sociological abstraction... "Equality of opportunity" is a poor guide if it means the same mediocre schooling for all.

Jan. 30, 1975 - from "My Kind of Tory Party", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
In a Socialist society, parents should be seen and not heard.

Oct. 10, 1975 - from a speech at a Conservative Party conference, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
... the undermining of our traditional educational systems, which has gone on longer in Britain but which in the New Age of political correctness seems to have gone into overdrive [in North America], is now a grave danger. It threatens the collective memory of our society, from which its habits and even its identity flow. When a Stanford University English professor describes Milton as 'an ass [and] ... a sexist pig,' and when Shakespeare is on the syllabus of Duke University (in the words of another professor) only to illuminate the way seventeenth-century society mistreated women, the working class, and minorities -- we can say that university education is effectively coming to an end.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
Be warned. A powerful, radical left-wing clerisy is bent on destroying what every past generation would have understood to be the central purpose of education -- that is, allowing (in the words of Edmund Burke) individuals to 'avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations, and of ages.' A society needs only one generation to abandon the task of learning and transmitting its culture, for that culture to become an alien, lifeless irrelevance.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
Thomas, Cal
Since the sixties, college professors have taken up political causes as a profession, using the classroom to denounce falsehood and injustice while teaching that truth and justice are illusions.

from "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties", a presentation at Hillsdale College
Thoreau, Henry David
What does education often do? It makes a straight cut ditch of a free meandering brook.

Thorsell, William  
... governments ban the keeping of ethnic data in relation to crime, educational attainment or family breakdown, and journalists are generally pleased to accept these conditions because they, too, fear the scourge of racism and do not want to play any part in contributing to it. Understandable as this is, it is a mistake, especially for journalists. It is the very purpose to report the whole truth about significant social, economic and political events. Had we decided 25 years ago that the truth about conditions on native reserves and territories was "too hot to handle" - in effect, that the public cold not be trusted with the truth - we would have been cruelly derelict in our duty to Canadian society, including the aboriginals.

Trevelyan, George M.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.

from English Social History, quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations
Twain, Mark
Education that consists in learning things and not the meaning of them is feeding upon the husks and not the corn.

Tyrrell, R. Emmett
On the matter of improved education, the Clintonian Liberal stands four square for educational standards. Yet now when it comes to the standards maintained by SAT college-entrance examinations, the Liberals are against those standards. The SAT standards have for decades proved to be accurate predictors of a potential college student's likelihood to earn a college degree. Now, however, according to the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, when those standards have what the bureaucrats call 'significant disparate impact' on members of a particular race, national origin, or sex, they are to be waived. Ill-prepared students are to be accepted by colleges on some other basis. Thus the Liberals are again on both sides of the issue: for standards but against them.

Jun. 18, 1999 - from his column "Pro and Con"
Ullman, Tracey
In California, everything is s-o-o-o touchy-feely. They are into this silly outcome-based education, where it doesn’t matter if she knew how to spell her name as long as she knew who she was. And it didn’t matter if she knew that two plus two was four as long as she had enough self-confidence to ask how to get ‘to the conclusion of the problem.’ What a crock! She was going to end up as dumb as a mudflap.

 ... education should aim not so much at acquisition of knowledge... there is less need to know the content of information. ... [Capitalism] lays the foundations of rivalry and aggression and encourages exaggerated consumption, making man a slave of ambition and status symbols. ... [Lifelong learning promotes] equality of end result, and not merely of opportunity... and fosters equality in terms of opinions, aspirations, motivations, and so on.

1976 - from its publication Foundations of Lifelong Learning, widely-hailed in the education movement
There's only one thing that costs more than education today--the lack of it.

When you don't have an education, you have to use your brains.

attributed to Frank Baer
Walden, George
I sometimes think that a full-blown Marxist conspiracy in English education would have been more bracing. What we have had instead is a vulgarized, bastardized version of the creed: not Marxist but Marxoidal.

Jan. 1994 - quoted in "Was Dewey a Marxist?", by William Brooks, published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
Ward, Lester Frank
 The secret of the superiority of state over private education lies in the fact that in the former the teacher is responsible to society... The result desired by the state is a wholly different one from that desired by parents, guardians, and pupils.

Webster, Noah
Republican government loses half its value where the moral and social duties are ... negligently practiced. To exterminate our popular vices is work of far more importance to the character and happiness of our citizens than any other improvements in our system of education.


... society requires that the education of youth should be watched with the most scrupulous attention. Education is a great measurer, [it] forms the moral characters of men and morals are the basis of government.

Weld, William
... more than fifty cents on the dollar in our public school system in the United States is spent on Administration. If you know of a private industry that spends more than fifty cents on the dollar on administration and is still making a profit, I would like to know what it is.

Jun. 21, 2000 - from a speech to the New York Citizens Union Foundation
Wells, Herbert George
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Will, George F.
Gambling has been swiftly transformed from a social disease into social policy. A generation ago, legalized gambling was rare and generally stigmatized. Today it is ubiquitous ... [and encouraged by] governments that run lotteries. Those lotteries prove, redundantly, that it's better to deal with the private sector than the public sector. In casinos, slot machines are the gamblers' worst bets, and even they keep only about 15 percent of the money fed them. Government keeps about 50 percent of the money spent on lottery tickets. Often lottery revenues are dedicated to education or some other popular goal. But money is fungible, and it is difficult to demonstrate that the availability of lottery revenues substantially increases spending on, say, education--that is, that those revenues actually change states' spending priorities.

Jun. 27, 1999 - from his column "Gambler nation"
Ohio's Supreme Court recently joined Wisconsin's in affirming the constitutionality of school choice voucher programs that leave it up to parents to choose where the vouchers are redeemed: They can be redeemed at religious schools without violating the First Amendment proscription of 'establishment' of religion. Do the teachers' unions have [U.S. Vice President Al] Gore on such a short leash that he still opposes such voucher programs that would empower poor parents to make the kind of educational choices that he and Tipper made?

Jun. 20, 1999 - from his column "Promises from Carthage"
Williams, Polly
None of the people who oppose my [school voucher] plan lack choice in education themselves. They have no idea what the lack of choice in education means, the damage it does when you have to go to an inferior school that will trap you for life.

Oct. 01, 1990 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
They [public education bureaucrats] tried everything to stop me [in a drive to introduce choice to the public education system]. After they were convinced choice couldn't be stopped, they tried to hijack the issue and came up with their own version of choice. It basically created another bureaucracy which would have supervised the whole choice process and strangled it. The Milwaukee Public Schools would have selected the students for the choice program, not the parents. Students would have been picked if they met enough of the seven negative criteria they set up. If you were in a family of alcoholics, had a brother in prison and a pregnant teenage sister, and were inarticulate, you would have been a perfect candidate for their choice plan. In other words, a program they hoped would fail.

Oct. 01, 1990 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
[Why not fix the public schools instead of implementing a voucher system?] We've tried to do that for years, and the best we get is, 'Well, we're the experts, you are just parents.' We're tired of that excuse. Look, if you go to a doctor and you stay sick, at some point don't you have a right to a second opinion? The choice plan is our second opinion. The folks who run the poverty industry in this town are worried that kids will get a better education at schools that cost half the amount they spend on the public schools. In their shoes, I'd be worried too.

Oct. 01, 1990 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Williams, Walter E.
According to one study, as far back as 1969, black males who grew up in homes where there were magazines, books and library cards had incomes identical to whites from similar homes and education. The obvious conclusion is whites discriminate against blacks from homes without magazines, books and library cards. How they do it is a mystery to me. I haven't seen any white people--at least not that many--peeking into the windows of black houses to see who had books, magazines and library cards.

1999 - from More Liberty Means Less Government
Wiseman, Jack
We regard education as a means of safeguarding the family from too great a reliance upon the state rather than as a means for the state to take over the responsibilities of the family.

1970 - from Education for Democrats (with Alan Peacock)

Wodehouse, Paul  
Last year, the [United Nations Council on the Rights of Children] informed the British that their children could not be exempted from certain public school programs - sex education for instance - at the request of the parents alone. They would be required to seek the child's consent. The implications of this judgment may be felt in Canada.

Aug. 9, 1999 - from "One Child, One Vote", Alberta Report
Woodson, Carter
The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.

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

Zeller, Richard
There was a time that ... honorable people could disagree honorably; now, any challenge to the campus sacred cows (feminism, affirmative action, and multiculturalism) is denounced as evil.

Sep. 28, 2000 - quoted by Larry Elder in "The politically incorrect professor", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.