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  • There is no single way to educate. Michael Gurian
  • Children just need the time, the space, and the permission to be kids. Angela Hanscom
  • We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them. Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • In order to help another effectively, I must understand what he understands. If I do not know that, my greater understanding will be of no help to him… instruction begins when you put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and in the way he understands it. Soren Kierkegaard
  • As a teacher, my strategy is to encourage questioning. I’m the least authoritarian professor you’ll ever meet. Niall Ferguson
  • Rather than jumping straight into the answers, let’s try to start students off with the sort of questions that encourage them to do their own seeking. Marianne Stenger
  • Humor activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins. Sarah Henderson
  • Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement. Robert John Meehan
  • The most important thing I think teachers can do for young people is to make them inquiring, is to ensure that they know how to gather information, that they check information and they take their information from a multiplicity of sources. David Puttnam
  • The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work. John Ruskin
  • Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. Ernest Dimnet
  • Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Edmund Burke
  • Artin the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning. Mickey Hart
  • The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth”. Dan Rather
  • The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves. Joseph Campbell
  • The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Khalil Gibran
  • When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable. Elizabeth Foss
  • The most effective teachers embody the teaching they give out. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded. D. Martin
  • Teachers started recognizing me and praising me for being smart in science and that made me want to be even smarter in science! Steve Wozniak
  • The secret in education lies in respecting the student. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The job of the teacher is to inspired, to challenge, to excite their students to want to learn. Yes, they also do explain and demonstrate and show things, but fundamentally that is beside the point. The most important thing a teacher is make every student feel like they are important, to make them feel accountable for doing the work of learning. Derek Alexander Muller
  • The first education should be the harmonious development of the child’s physical, mental and spiritual powers. Providing warm and understanding responses to your children’s ‘hearts’ accomplishes far more than pressuring book knowledge into their minds. Raymond and Dorothy Moore
  • When the teacher regards each student as a unique individual and therefore not to be compared with any other, he is then not concerned with system or method. His sole concern is with ‘helping’ the student to understand the conditioning influences about him and within himself, so that he can face intelligently without fear, the complex process of living and not add more problems to the already existing mess. Jiddu Krishnamurti


  • Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Mark Van Doren
  • The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France
  • One of the main focuses of my training sessions is to help individuals find their unique voices in the learning process. We all have our strengths, our weaknesses, our styles of learning, our personalities. Developing introspective sensitivity to these issues is critical to long-term success. Joshua Waitzkin
  • You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. Clay P. Bedford
  • A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies. Robert Frost
  • The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity. Robert Brault
  • An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected. Thomas Moore
  • A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening. Robert Brault


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