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Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

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I always liked Yoda's "Do, do not. There is no try." But then my 3 year-old said, "I disagree with Master Yoda," and pointed out that people should always try, because "sometimes trying's the most important thing." (By the way, he hasn't even seen the movie yet, but my husband and I - children from the 70s and 80s all the way - can't help but weave our own references into our conversations with him.) So now, I guess THAT's my favorite quote. :-) What's yours? -Heather WG

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Cheryl Rhodes's picture

Favorite short quote:
"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." --Carl Rogers

Cheryl Rhodes's picture

Fav. longer quote is an excerpt from a book, Among Schoolchildren, By Tracy Kidder, which I carry in my lesson plan book and reread when I am dealing with a difficult situation with a student, and I need to remind myself why I need to not give up:
"Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child's life, even when they have made a dramatic one. But for children who are used to thinking of themselves as stupid or not worth talking to or as deserving beatings, a good teacher can provide an astonishing revelation. Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over the years they redirect hundreds of lives.
Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done."

Richard Kanak's picture

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Stephen Hawking

Richard Kanak's picture

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Stephen Hawking

Marion Vose's picture

"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." Eric Hoffer

Christine Tuttell's picture

"You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world."
Tom Brokaw

Janice Holter Kittok's picture
Janice Holter Kittok
World Language Education Specialist, Consultant, Speaker

"The road to freedom, here and everywhere, begins in the classroom."

-Hubert H. Humphrey

Keenan Woods's picture

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." ~John Dewey

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Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Richard --

This is great! I should have known Stephen Hawking would have something to say about knowledge :)

[quote]The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

Stephen Hawking[/quote]

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