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Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

Author: Horace Mann (1796-1859)

Profession: American Educator

The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.

Author: John Mason

Profession:

The system -- the American one, at least -- is a vast and noble experiment. It has been polestar and exemplar for other nations. But from kindergarten until she graduates from college the girl is treated in it exactly like her brothers. She studies the same subjects, becomes proficient at the same sports. Oh, it is a magnificent lore she learns, education for the mind beyond anything Jane Austen or Saint Theresa or even Mrs. Pankhurst ever dreamed. It is truly Utopian. But Utopia was never meant to exist on this disheveled planet.

Author: Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978)

Profession: American Poet, Author

The school system, custodian of print culture, has no place for the rugged individual. It is, indeed, the homogenizing hopper into which we toss our integral tots for processing.

Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)

Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist

It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means. Thus we suppress the child's curiosity and then when he lacks a natural interest in learning he is offered special coaching for his scholastic coaching for his scholastic difficulties.

Author: Alice Duer Miller

Profession:

People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.

Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer

In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk -- they are all part of the curriculum.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.

Author: Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Profession: Italian Educator

If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?

Author: Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Profession: Italian Educator

The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.

Author: Hannah More (1745-1833)

Profession: British Writer, Reformer, Philanthropist

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.

Author: Sir Claus Moser (1922)

Profession: German-born British Academic, Warden of Wadham College, Oxford

In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.

Author: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)

Profession: Indian Diplomat