"A school should not be a preparation for life.  A school should be life." -Elbert Hubbard

"To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is being educated." -Edith Hamilton

"The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values." -Dean William Inge

"My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects." -Robt. M. Hutchins

"The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another." -J. Frank Dobie

"The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things." -G.K. Chesterton

"The logic of all this seems to be that it is all right for young people in a democracy to learn about any civilization or social theory that is not dangerous, but that they should remain entirely ignorant of any civilization or social theory that might be dangerous on the ground that what you don't know can't hurt you ... a complete denial of the democratic principle that the general diffusion of knowledge and learning through the community is essential to the preservation of free government." -Carl Becker

"Education: A debt due from present to future generations." -George Peabody

"It sometimes seems as though we are trying to combine the ideal of no schools at all with the democratic ideal of schools for everybody by having schools without education." -Robert Maynard Hutchins

"Education is helping the child realize his potentialities." -Erich Fromm

"The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr." -Mohammed (570-632)

[The antithesis of all this is found in this quote from Ronald Reagan:] "Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?"  [This quote from a right-wing hero is what keeps us held down and enslaved in ignorance, superstition, and religious mumbo-jumbo and by  those who were ardent supporters of Reagan, and religious "leaders" such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and other right-wing supporters of the Reagan ignorance such as Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney and that ilk]]

"It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved." -Galileo Galilei

"I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand." -Chinese Proverb

"To teach is to learn." -Japanese Proverb

"Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge." -Abraham Lincoln

[The following is not directly related to education, but it is so thought-provoking and discussion-stimulating that I add it here:]

"The church allows people to believe that they can be good Christians and yet draw dividencs from armament factories, can be good Christians and yet imperil the well-being of their fellows by speculating in stocks and shares, can be good Christians and yet be imperialists, yet participate in war." -Aldous Leonard Huxley  [We need to have this discussion in American Christendom]

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