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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


Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything. A.J. Juliani


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


Art in 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


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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




Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education. Zhuangzi


Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin


Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. E.M. Forster


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich Nietzsche


If you’re teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are. Noam Chomsky


Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy. Glenn Beck


It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach. John Locke


I had teachers who I could tell didn’t want to be there. And I just couldn’t get inspired by someone who didn’t want to be there. Hilary Swank


A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him. James Baldwin


Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner


The most beautiful things in the creating of the child are his ‘mistakes’. The more a child’s work is full of these individual mistakes the more wonderful it is. And the more a teacher removes them from the child’s work the duller, more desolate and impersonal it becomes. Franz Cizek


Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten. Mary Catherine Bateson




A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. Thomas Carruthers


There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that’s what is unique about them. Robert Sternberg


So what does a good teacher do? Create tension – but just the right amount. Donald Norman


We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter. Donald Norman


Great teachers are earnest learners. Rebecca Alber


A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism. Louis A. Berman


A teacher is never a giver of truth – he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst. Bruce Lee


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward


Good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means; great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends. Maria Callas


Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students. Charles Kuralt


A good teacher will appreciate the good qualities of his students. If one good quality is allowed to emerge, a world of good qualities will emerge from that one. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. Josef Albers


Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. Gail Godwin


Tragedy is a hell of a teacher. It’s much too strict, but it’s a hell of a teacher. Harlan Coben


Our best teachers do more than impart facts and figures – they inspire and encourage students and instill a true desire to learn. That’s a fine art in itself. Sonny Perdue


Great teachers transcend ideology. Suzanne Fields


We need teachers – an hero in every classroom. Unknown


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain


The great moral teachers of humanity were, in a way, artistic geniuses in the art of living. Albert Einstein


A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes. Unknown



Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. Unknown


I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. Alexander the Great


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams


If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes. Guy Kawasaki


Teachers are unparalleled in the role they play in children’s lives. Jon Porter


Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. Fred Rodgers


I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. Lily Tomlin


Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award. Prince William


I’m convinced many of America’s heroes are public school teachers and administrators. Adam Hamilton


Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system. Sidney Hook


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung


Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our Nation for tomorrow. Solomon Ortiz


Teachers have the hardest and most important jobs in America. They’re building our nation. And we should appreciate them, respect them, and pay them well. Jim Hunt


No one is more important to the future of our state than our teachers. Mike Huckabee


Teachers are the one and only people who save nations. Kemal Ataturk


Teachers have a chance to mold someone, inspire them. I hope all teachers realize that. Kevin James


In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. Jacques Barzun


A teacher is a person who never says anything once. Howard Nemerov


Kids’ views are often just as valid as the teachers’. The best teachers are the ones that know that. Morley Safer


Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. Bill Gates


I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation. Ann Curry


When I ask teachers why they teach, they almost always say that it is because they want to make a difference in the lives of children. Arne Duncan


What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. Karl Menninger


I’m lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me. Ann Bancroft


I don’t think most teachers realize how much impact they have. Scott Hamilton




I am not a teacher, but an awakener. Robert Frost


Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. George Evans


Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde


Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. Colleen Wilcox


The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner. Elbert Hubbard


I always felt I needed to teach to survive. Leonard Baskin


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein


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


Without any doubt at all, teacher quality is the fundamental differentiator. Not just, incidentally, of education, but I would argue, probably the biggest single differentiator of success for the nations of the 21st Century. David Puttnam


The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ Maria Montessori


We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master. Maria Montessori


I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin


I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized. Haim G. Ginott


I think once you’re in the public eye, whether you’re a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you’re automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question. Talib Kweli


Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process. A. Bartlett Giamatti




Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor. Jenny Anderson


Dear parents, have great patience, and forgive from the depths of your heart. Pope Francis


Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. Harold Hulbert


My parents taught me I could be anything in the world I wanted to be. Joan Jett


I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me. Saint Augustine


Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so night that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry. Alvin Price


And you know, life is a constant learning experience. I learn so much with my kids. I read tons of books and study what they’re studying. Reese Witherspoon


I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny. Jim Carrey


On his father: He spent a lot of time with me… teaching me how to build things, how to take things apart, put things back together. Steve Jobs


If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. Carol Dweck


Growing up, my parents were my heroes, in the way they conducted their lives. Chris Hemsworth


My parents never talked to me like I was a kid. Maybe that’s why I’ve been seen as mature. Dakota Fanning


Honour your daughters, trust them and most importantly, educate them. Ziauddin Yousafzai


I see my upbringing as a great success story. By disciplining me, my parents inculcated self-discipline. And by restricting my choices as a child, they gave me so many choices in my life as an adult. Because of what they did then, I get to do the work I love now. Amy Chua


Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer


Parents can lay the foundations for their teenage children to take good decisions, for example by promoting their ability to retain and elaborate information, or to balance the desire for immediate reward with the one for greater, long-term goals since a young age. Andrea Danese


I was lucky to have parents who loved me. Jean Paul Gaultier


I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child. Ann Brashares


Perhaps the most important thing is to step back and let your child stumble. Jamie M. Howard


I was raised by my parents to believe that you had a moral obligation to try and help save the world. Anne Lamott


My parents were very supportive. They went to every show. And they never told me not to do what I was doing. Annette Bening


My theory is that one needs to be loved completely, unconditionally, and unfettered by parental disapproval, if one is to get happily through life which, after all, presents its own hurdles. Arabella Weir


I believe that a parent’s role is to provide a path or opportunity for their children. David Soul


I think if you give your best as a parent, then that’s all you can do. Heidi Klum


The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn. Maria Montessori


The child should live in an environment of beauty. Maria Montessori


My parents encouraged thought. You’ll get through life better if you learn how to think. Holly Near


I take parenting incredibly seriously. I want to be there for my kids and help them navigate the world, and develop skills, emotional intelligence, to enjoy life, and I’m lucky to be able to do that and have two healthy, normal boys. Joan Cusack


It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou


If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don’t make him afraid of the unknown, give him support. Osho


Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. Stevie Wonder


Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. Benjamin Franklin


Children need models rather than critics. Joseph Joubert




Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore


It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. Leo Buscaglia


I think the biggest difference is that I’ve noticed Western parents seem much more concerned about their children’s psyches, their self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents assume strength rather than fragility in their children and therefore behave completely differently. Amy Chua


Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent. Plato


The parents have to learn that the child should not be insulted, humiliated, condemned. If you want to help him, love him more. Appreciate what is good in him rather than emphasizing what is bad. Talk about his goodness. Let the whole neighborhood know how nice and beautiful a boy he is. You may be able to shift his energy from the bad side to the good side, from the dark side to the lighted side, because you will make him aware that this is the way to get respect, this is the way to be honored. And you will prevent him from doing anything that makes him fall down in people’s eyes. Osho


I was raised by extremely strict – but also extremely loving – Chinese immigrant parents, and I had the most wonderful childhood! I remember laughing constantly with my parents – my dad is a real character and very funny. I certainly did wish they allowed to me do more things! Amy Chua


Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done. I tried to find the balance between the strict, traditional Chinese way I was raised, which I think can be too harsh, and what I see as a tendency in the West to be too permissive and indulgent. If I could do it all again, I would, with some adjustments. Amy Chua


Parents appreciate the child who agrees; they condemn the child who disagrees. Osho

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