Quotations On Education

These are excellent quotations on education from Charles French.

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“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

                                                                              Margaret Mead



“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

                                                                              Thomas Paine



“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.”


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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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33 Responses to Quotations On Education

  1. Ritu says:

    Fantastic quotes 😄

  2. Opher says:

    What fantastic quotes that should feature in every classroom around the world!!
    I reckon Tom Paine might have a fit if he saw what has happened to America today.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Charles always finds the best quotes! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. beth says:

    wonderful quotes, Charles. thanks for sharing them, Jennie and happy thanksgiving to you and yours –

  5. jilldennison says:

    Great share! I saw this yesterday on Charles’ blog, and loved all the quotes, particularly the Margaret Mead one.

  6. An excellent share!💕❤️👍

  7. beautiful-and true. This inspired me-thank you Jennie.

  8. Cant regret! LOVE IT! Fantastic quotes, as always. Just an hour ago, i had a very strong discussion about the German education system, and how many differences are to the education system of other countries. Horrible to see how many economic interests forcing our German politicans modelling “non thinkers”. Thank you and best wishes, Michael

  9. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much!

  10. dolphinwrite says:

    I am always interested in how others think and understand. In my youth, I had difficulty in debates. Like many of my peers, we reacted, had our biases, and thought through arguments. Sometimes, I could argue well, as when trying to get my way with my siblings. Daaad…..!
    Through work in varying fields, working with my hands, then returning to college a second time, I learned to learn through understanding, working in summer camps very eye-opening. I saw how easy it was, in an open environment, how to teach kids and teens. Whether mathematics, art, horseback riding, or camping, I realized realization. I understood understanding. And in college, when I used understanding, I didn’t have to study at home, doing it all right in the classroom as the teacher taught, using the library once in a while.
    So, when I entered the teaching profession, I came with a ton of work experience, practical knowledge, and saw how our youth understand. And during the years, I learned to “see” into the students’ eyes. This took time. But with each passing year, we utilized the experiences of other teachers, our talks, and what the students taught us. So, I teach directly to their understanding. I try to bypass boring knowledge, but teach to them. With time, you see when they don’t get it, but then see why and what will help them. It’s interactive. Oh, you don’t get this? Let’s try it this way? What part don’t you understand? Okay, it’s this way. And so forth….
    I’m hoping more people read my site. The articles are from real experiences, knowledge gained over a ton of time.

    • Jennie says:

      Beautifully said! It takes years of understanding and experiences to see what students/children see. First the world and everything you know is black and white. Then with wisdom it becomes gray. Once you are in sync with children, teaching flows like water. All of the knowledge cannot be passed on until the teacher is first learning from the student. You learned to see. That was your doorway, and that’s how good teachers approach teaching. Thank you so much!

      • dolphinwrite says:

        The sad thing is the interference. This is so easy it’s sad. And when I’ve shared these experiences with others, even demonstrating the simplicity to others, most look the other way. The difficulty is what is simple is not being encouraged. I think many things in life go this way. If I do my job well, I work myself out of the career, but there will always be another batch of youngsters needing guidance.

      • Jennie says:

        The simple things are the tried and true, what always works with children. Unfortunately new teachers often like what is new or trendy, to the exclusion of the simple things. Painting at an easel, building with basic wooden blocks, or reading classic stories may seem dull, but they’re the foundation of children’s learning. I think it is up to your director to see that children’s needs are met, and that means supporting your teaching, and training new teachers.

  11. dolphinwrite says:

    I sometimes share that I learned in spite of myself. In school, I was the one always asking my peers, “What did she say?” Like in Charlie Brown, that’s how I heard the teachers. They gave good lessons, I learned (How, I’ll never know.), but we got through that, often changing schools due to moves. If they had known about ADD back then, I would have been identified. As it was, comics, children’s encyclopedias, playing outside, dumpster diving and making tree forts was our education. I read because I wanted to. Curiosity was more. The harder some teachers tried to get me to learn, the less interested I was. The ones who taught, used fun stuff, hard stuff, and taught the basics, the better I did. They did not have to think for me. But I had to be held responsible for learning.
    Teaching is not hard. As you say, the traditional methods worked because they worked and teachers knew this. And America was number one in the world during that time. Looking back, I now see there were things many could have done better, so I incorporated that into my own teaching. But they did well. And we learned. And they prepared me for adult life. The thing I added was the concept of understanding: learning through understanding. Understand the concept first, then the reading becomes easier. So we would discuss the main concepts first before students would read the stories or history lessons (Most times.).

  12. Barry Whelan says:

    Love the Margaret Mead one! 😍

  13. Haroon Mirza says:

    Education empowers us to differentiate between right and wrong

  14. Excellent selection of quotes. My favorite is that students must be taught how to think, not what to think. It’s so easy to do the opposite.

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