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WORDS OF WISDOM re: Education
3/20/2011 1:19:57 PM
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As some of our politicians, activists, leaders, and others debate over the value of our public schools, teacher's pay, and similar issues -- we believe that is extremely important that we all take stock of the high value of education.
WHY DO WE NEED TO 'OCCUPY EDUCATION'...?
Minority students will likely outnumber white students in the next decade or two, but the failure of the national teacher demographic to keep up with that trend is hurting minority students who tend to benefit from teachers with similar backgrounds.
Minority students make up more than 40 percent of the national public school population, while only 17 percent of the country's teachers are minorities, according to a report released this week by the Center for American Progress.
California yielded the largest discrepancy of 43 percentage points, with 72 percent minority students compared with 29 percent minority teachers. Nevada and Illinois had the second and third largest gaps, of 41 and 35 percentage points, respectively.
In a second report, the CAP notes that in more than 40 percent of the nation's public schools, there are no minority teachers at all.
IF YOU CAN READ THIS... THANK A TEACHER !
FAMOUS WORDS OF WISDOM ABOUT EDUCATION:
" Intellectuals ought to study the past--- not for the pleasure they
find in so doing.... but to derive lessons from it." ...
~ Quote from Cheik Anta Diop (Black History scholar)
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.”
~Mary McLeod Bethune (Educator 1875 - 1955)
"Human history becomes more and more a
race between education and catastrophe."
~ H. G. Wells
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."
~Dr. George Washington Carver
"Human nature, like a plant, must be cultivated and tended.
This is the task of education (cultivation)."
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau ( Swiss Philosopher)
“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
~Henry David Thoreau
"To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching."
~ George Bernard Shaw
"We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong
process of keeping abreast of changes. And the
most pressing task is to teach people how to learn."
~Peter Drucker (Educator/writer 1909)
“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. Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.”
~ Plato (Greek author & philosopher)
“The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them!”
~ Mark Twain (1835-1910) – American Writer and Humorist
"No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take
the responsibility for his own education." ~ John Carolus S. J.
"There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an
examination, and finish with school. The whole of life, from the
moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian spiritual teacher)
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm-workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
~Nelson Mandela (ex-Pres. of South Africa)
“Learning is not achieved by chance, it must be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence.” ~ Abigail Adams
“The principle goal of education is to create persons who
are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating
what other generations have done -- people who are
creative, inventive and discoverers.”
~Jean Piaget (educational psychologist)
"Those who think they 'know it all' have no way of
finding out they don't..." ~ Dr. Leo Buscaglia (Univ. of So. Calif)
"The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of
spiritual growth is a path of LIFELONG LEARNING.
The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one."
~ Dr. M. Scott Peck (American psychiatrist/author, 1936-2005)
"History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct
product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression
of what can be called Thought." ~ Thomas Carlyle
“Science without religion is lame.
Religion without science is blind.”
~Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"Science is not only compatible with Spirituality;
"It is what we learn after we 'know it all' -- that really counts."
~ John Wooden
"To learn about God and Spirituality means first to know ... and then come
into realization of your "true self." Learning is an art. It should
be adopted properly. Education is a step-by-step process. Live a
simple life. Abolish hatred, selfishness, and jealousy. You can
learn from reading books, communing with Nature, ministers,
and spiritual teachers... and from other practices -- such as meditation ."
~ Swami Radhanadaji
"Education must be considered as most important, for as diseases in the
world of bodies are extremely contagious, so, in the same way, qualities of
spirit and heart are extremely contagious. Education has a universal
influence, and the differences caused by it are very great."
~BAHAI TEACHINGS – ( 'Abdu'l-Baha, "Some Answered Questions," p. 214)
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