Friday, May 13, 2011

Quotes of the Day - education

"For what is meant by saying that a government ought to educate the people? Why should they be educated? What is the education for? Clearly, to fit the people for social life -- to make them good citizens. And who is to say what are good citizens? The government: there is no other judge. And who is to say how these good citizens may be made? The government: there is no other judge. Hence the proposition is convertible into this -- a government ought to mold children into good citizens, using its own discretion in settling what a good citizen is and how the child may be molded into one." ~ Herbert Spencer

"Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact succeeding magnificently, because its aim is to keep the American people thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system." ~ Richard Mitchell

"Why is it that millions of children who are pushouts or dropouts amount to business as usual in the public schools, while one family educating a child at home becomes a major threat to universal public education and the survival of democracy?" ~ Stephen Arons

1 comment:

Timothy W Higgins said...


There may be a few to the subject of a more general nature (you know, the world as we would want it, instead of how it is):

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudice.
- Laurence J Peter

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
- Mark Twain

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