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I know of no safe repository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. -Thomas Jefferson

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Teachers Apple on Stack of Books with a PencilEducation is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. (Malcolm X)

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

A child educated only in school is an uneducated child. (George Santayana)

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. (Chinese Proverb)

"To really understand something is to be liberated from it."

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. (Native American Proverb)

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. (Martin H. Fischer)

It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong. (Martin H. Fischer)

"There is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally." (Michel de Montaigne)

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. (Muhammad)

'Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.' (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

“Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.” (John F. Kennedy)

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” (John F. Kennedy)

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” (John F. Kennedy)

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“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it” (Alexandre Dumas)

"When learning and teaching continually improves, everything improves."

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The best educated human being is the one who understands the most about the life in which he is placed. (Helen Keller)

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“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”

Ignorance is bliss until it hits you in the face.

The real education is the one that will set you free.

You can't be a great teacher if you stop being a student. We are all students for life. To stop learning is to stop living.

Supposedly we know and don't purposely suppress the truth, our education is neither inefficient nor irresponsible, and there is no rampant ignorance and irreligion, consequently, whoever is intelligent, educated and presumably honest should in all fairness be allowed to publish his arguments against current doctrine. (John Milton) - Areopagitica

Once you stop learning, you start dying Albert EinsteinIntellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. (Albert Einstein)

It is a miracle that curiosity survives a formal education. (Albert Einstein)

I never teach my pupils I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. (Albert Einstein)

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are not certain, they do not refer to reality.  (Albert Einstein) - Albert Einstein Quotes - Einstein Archives - Albert Einstein

“The great academic tradition of knowing more and more about less and less until we know everything about nothing.”

The traditional argument that mass education was necessary for intelligent participation in political democracy and that it must extend beyond the common school was heard in discussions regarding high schools, libraries, and Chautauquas.

A popular government, without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people that mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge brings. (James Madison)

"The essential aim of...the most democratic movements we have is to train ourselves, to learn how to use the work of experts, to find our will, to educate our will, to integrate our wills...it is of equal importance with the discovery of facts to know what to do with them..in politics we do not keep these different kinds of information apart..." Mary Parker Follett, Creative experience, 1924.

If higher education is to become a civic learning organization it will mean giving conscious attention to the public and productive qualities of the creation and diffusion of knowledge. Putting the "public" back into public universities means multiplying public spaces, where people with diverse views can wrestle with controversial issues. It means keeping knowledge creation public, open, and accessible - resisting trends toward the privatization and patenting of knowledge.

"Let the tutor not merely require a verbal account of what the boy has been taught but the meaning and the substance of it: let him judge how the child has profited from it not from the evidence of his memory but from that of his life. Let him take what the boy has just learned and make him show him dozens of different aspects of it and then apply it to just as many different subjects, in order to find out whether he has really grasped it and make it part of himself, judging the boy's progress by what Plato taught about education. Spewing up food exactly as you have swallowed it is evidence of a failure to digest and assimilate it; the stomach has not done its job if, during concoction, it fails to change the substance and the form of what it is given."  (Michel de Montaigne)

To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." (Teddy Theodore Roosevelt)

“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)

“A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.” (Aristotle)

“Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.” (Cato)

Acquire new knowledge while thinking over the old and you may become a teacher of others. (Confucius)

“Teach the children so that it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” (Abraham Lincoln)

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. (Abraham Lincoln)

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” (Plato)

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

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. (John Cotton Dana)

To teach is to learn twice. (Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842)

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” (Mark Van Doren)

“Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.” (Bob Talbert)

"When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, 'Not to unlearn what you have learned" (Diogenes La Brtius)

You learn something every day if you pay attention. (Ray LeBlond)

A self-governing society cannot endure if its citizens are not virtuous.

Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. (Tao Te Ching)

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) - Reflections on the Human Condition.

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. (Mortimer J. Adler)

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. (Woodrow Wilson)

“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” (Emma Goldman)

“The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.” (Ayn Rand)

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think—rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.”  (Bill Beattie)

“The one real object of education is to leave a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” (Bishop Mandell Creighton)

"What gets measured, gets done." (Tom Peters)

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." (Samuel Johnson)

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things – the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit. (Samuel Johnson)

“The central job of schools is to maximize the capacity of each student.” (Carol Ann Tomlinson)

"Instead of being havens of independent thought, universities have become channels of indoctrination…confirming the prejudices of those who control the agenda of public discourse. Behind its ivy-colored camouflage, American higher education is a fraud—untrue to its students, untrue to itself."  (Ralph Bennett)

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)

We must take change by the hand or rest assuredly, change will take us by the throat. (Winston Churchill)

The word Education comes from the Latin e-ducere meaning "to lead out."  In ancient Greece, Socrates argued that education is about drawing out what was already within the student.

No man is an Island. No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. (John Donne)

McNamara Fallacy; the tendency to make the measurable important rather then making the important measurable.

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)

Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use? It's nice to be number one, but we can fix that. All we need to do is start the war on education. If it's anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we'll all be hooked on phonics. (Leighann Lord)

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job. (Donald D. Quinn)

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. (Malcolm Forbes)

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. (William Haley)

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
(Erich Fromm)

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. (Victor Hugo)

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. (Edward Everett)

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Attributed to both Andy McIntyre & Derek Bok)

You can get all A's and still flunk life. (Walker Percy)

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. (Bertrand Russell)

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. (Benjamin Franklin)

Still I am learning. -- Michelangelo, on his death bed

"The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar." (Michel de Montaigne)

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. (George Bernard Shaw)

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. (Robert Maynard Hutchins)

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. (Elbert Hubbard)

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. (Henry L. Doherty)

Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating. (Robert Brault)

“Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music” (Frank Capra)

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. (Lloyd Alexander)

You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way. (Marvin Minsky)

Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. (Chinese Proverb)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not. (Dr. Seuss)

One of the most wonderful things about education is that a single teacher can change a kids life.

Make a Living, Make a Difference and Make things Fun.

"What is desired is that the teacher cease being lecturer, satisfied with transmitting ready made solutions; his (her) role should rather be that of a mentor, stimulating initiative and research." (Jean Piaget)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

The earth has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed. (Mahatma Gandhi)

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. (Teddy Theodore Roosevelt, 1910)

The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.”
(Eric Hoffer

The surest way to assure the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Bishop Steere)

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once. (Samuel Smiles)

They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority. (Gerald Massey)

"You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do."  (Norman Juster)

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. (Aleck Bourne)

Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food. (Jim Rohn)

"Knowledge becomes power only when we put it into use." (Anonymous)

"A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying." (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

"Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months." (Anthony J. D'Angelo)


Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Statue of 2 Men Education has two purposes. The first is to act as a great sorter with which “the best geniuses will be raked from the rubbish annually” to create an “aristocracy of worth and genius.” The second is to improve the minds of all citizens to a certain degree so that they could protect the nation from the “germ of corruption.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Thomas Jefferson and Education
Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge
Student Rights
1796 "Act to Establish Public Schools" 

Educating the People

An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens. It should be noted, that when Jefferson speaks of "science," he is often referring to knowledge or learning in general.

"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree."
--Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207

"The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526

"The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810. ME 12:417

"The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason, I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one of] those which ought to shape its administration." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural Address, 1801. ME 3:322

"Though [the people] may acquiesce, they cannot approve what they do not understand." --Thomas Jefferson: Opinion on Apportionment Bill, 1792. ME 3:211

No Freedom Without Education

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

"Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own iberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson to Littleton Waller Tazewell, 1805.

"No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity." --Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1821. ME 19:408

"Freedom [is] the first-born daughter of science." --Thomas Jefferson to Francois D'Ivernois, 1795. ME 9:297

"Light and liberty go together." --Thomas Jefferson to Tench Coxe, 1795.

"Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. Madison Version FE 4:480

Education and Republican Government

"[I have] a conviction that science is important to the preservation of our republican government, and that it is also essential to its protection against foreign power." --Thomas Jefferson to -----, 1821. ME 15:340

"There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican government as absolutely hanging on these two hooks." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1814. ME 14:84

"The value of science to a republican people, the security it gives to liberty by enlightening the minds of its citizens, the protection it affords against foreign power, the virtue it inculcates, the just emulation of the distinction it confers on nations foremost in it; in short, its identification with power, morals, order and happiness (which merits to it premiums of encouragement rather than repressive taxes), are considerations [that should] always [be] present and [bear] with their just weight." --Thomas Jefferson: On the Book Duty, 1821.

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. ME 7:253

"[In a republic, according to Montesquieu in Spirit of the Laws, IV,ch.5,] 'virtue may be defined as the love of the laws and of our country. As such love requires a constant preference of public to private interest, it is the source of all private virtue; for they are nothing more than this very preference itself... Now a government is like everything else: to preserve it we must love it... Everything, therefore, depends on establishing this love in a republic; and to inspire it ought to be the principal business of education; but the surest way of instilling it into children is for parents to set them an example.'" --Thomas Jefferson: copied into his Commonplace Book.

"In the constitution of Spain as proposed by the late Cortes, there was a principle entirely new to me:... that no person born after that day should ever acquire the rights of citizenship until he could read and write. It is impossible sufficiently to estimate the wisdom of this provision. Of all those which have been thought of for securing fidelity in the administration of the government, constant reliance to the principles of the constitution, and progressive amendments with the progressive advances of the human mind or changes in human affairs, it is the most effectual." --Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816. ME 14:491

"[The] provision [in the new constitution of Spain] which, after a certain epoch, disfranchises every citizen who cannot read and write... is the fruitful germ of the improvement of everything good and the correction of everything imperfect in the present constitution. This will give you an enlightened people and an energetic public opinion which will control and enchain the aristocratic spirit of the government." --Thomas Jefferson to Chevalier de Ouis, 1814. ME 14:130

Government's Responsibility to Educate

"And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. (Forrest version) ME 6:392

"It is an axiom in my mind that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that, too, of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This is the business of the state to effect, and on a general plan." --Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1786. ME 19:24

Educate Every Citizen

"A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so will it be the latest of all the public concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:102

"It is highly interesting to our country, and it is the duty of its functionaries, to provide that every citizen in it should receive an education proportioned to the condition and pursuits of his life." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1814. ME 19:213

"The mass of our citizens may be divided into two classes -- the laboring and the learned. The laboring will need the first grade of education to qualify them for their pursuits and duties; the learned will need it as a foundation for further acquirements." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1814. ME 19:213

"By... [selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:206

"Instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger than benefit to society, to make an opening for the aristocracy of virtue and talent, which nature has wisely provided for the direction of the interests of society and scattered with equal hand through all its conditions, was deemed essential to a well-ordered republic." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. MW 1:54

"I do most anxiously wish to see the highest degrees of education given to the higher degrees of genius and to all degrees of it, so much as may enable them to read and understand what is going on in the world and to keep their part of it going on right; for nothing can keep it right but their own vigilant and distrustful superintendence." --Thomas Jefferson to Mann Page, 1795. ME 9:30

Importance for Personal Development

"If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:99

"If the Wise be the happy man... he must be virtuous too; for, without virtue, happiness cannot be. This then is the true scope of all academical emulation." --Thomas Jefferson to Amos J. Cook, 1816. ME 14:405

"The boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Knox, 1810. ME 12:360

"The reflections that the boys of this age are to be the men of the next; that they should be prepared to receive the holy charge which we are cherishing to deliver over to them; that in establishing an institution of wisdom for them, we secure it to all our future generations; that in fulfilling this duty, we bring home to our own bosoms the sweet consolation of seeing our sons rising under a luminous tuition, to destinies of high promise; these are considerations which will occur to all." --Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 1821. ME 15:314

Training Republican Statesmen

"Nor must we omit to mention among the benefits of education the incalculable advantage of training up able counselors to administer the affairs of our country in all its departments, legislative, executive and judiciary, and to bear their proper share in the councils of our national government: nothing more than education advancing the prosperity, the power, and the happiness of a nation." --Thomas Jefferson: Report for University of Virginia, 1818.

"Laws will be wisely formed and honestly administered in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the public happiness that those persons whom nature has endowed with genius and virtue should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens; and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance. But the indigence of the greater number disabling them from so educating at their own expense those of their children whom nature has fitly formed and disposed to become useful instruments for the public, it is better that such should be sought for and educated at the common expense of all, than that the happiness of all should be confined to the weak or wicked." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:527

"We are now trusting to those who are against us in position and principle, to fashion to their own form the minds and affections of our youth... This canker is eating on the vitals of our existence, and if not arrested at once, will be beyond remedy." --Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 1821. ME 15:315

"The reward of esteem, respect and gratitude [is] due to those who devote their time and efforts to render the youths of every successive age fit governors for the next." --Thomas Jefferson to Hugh L. White, et al., 1810. ME 12:388

Hope for the Improvement of Mankind

"I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man." --Thomas Jefferson to Cornelius Camden Blatchly, 1822. ME 15:399

"If the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated, as we fondly hope and believe, education is to be the chief instrument in effecting it." --Thomas Jefferson to M. A. Jullien, 1818. ME 15:172

"What but education has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbors? And what chains them to their present state of barbarism and wretchedness but a bigoted veneration for the supposed superlative wisdom of their fathers and the preposterous idea that they are to look backward for better things and not forward, longing, as it should seem, to return to the days of eating acorns and roots rather than indulge in the degeneracies of civilization?" --Thomas Jefferson: Report for University of Virginia, 1818.

"I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to American Philosophical Society, 1808.
Thomas Jefferson


The path to Enlightenment is a path constructed of words.
Each word that you understand will bring you farther down the path.
Stay centered on this path for there are words on both sides.
At the end of the path is a tunnel and at the end of the tunnel is an opening.
That opening is a level of Consciousness that can’t be explained but only experienced.
You will become aware of the Energy that resides in your being, an energy that you will learn to control. And with this control are possibilities beyond your wildest dreams. But don’t forget that you are still on a path. A path with many doors. And with each door you must choose wisely for these doors are gateways to vast areas that have no words and no markers. So it would be wise if you marked your journey with words. Reason one, so that you may find your way back in case you get lost. Reason two, so that someone else my follow your path or at least know why you have chosen this path to begin with.

There are many paths
But the goal is the same in each.

There is always the easy way
Or the hard way of reaching the goal.

There is the direct route
Or the devious route
Which leads up highways and byways.
The choice is always up to the individual.

You are absolutely free
To choose your own path.
Therefore seek and follow it
And in the end you will reach the goal:
Your self-realisation of Me
The divinity within you.
(From, The Living Word by Eileen Caddy).

Path of Least Resistance

Spiritual

Ideas - Inspiration - Epiphany

Goals

"There was always this one path that intersected every path that I have ever been on in my life, and that path was the path of knowledge." 

"Just because someone loses their way doesn't mean that they are lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help, to be shown a better path, a better path then the one we are currently on."

“Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.” (Aristotle).

"The noblest work in education is to make a reasoning man, and we expect to train a young child by making him reason! This is beginning at the end; this is making an instrument of a result. If children understood how to reason they would not need to be educated.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau Emile).

Each age, like every individual, has it's own characteristic intoxication; we must seek in each decade the joys natural to our years. If play is the effervescence of childhood, and love is the wine of youth, the solace of age is understanding. If you you would be content in age, be wise with Solon and learn something every day. Education is not a task, it is a lifelong happiness, an ennobling intimacy with great people, an unhurried excursion into all realms of loveliness and wisdom. If in youth we fell in love with beauty, in maturity we can make friends with genius. Will Durant.

"Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul." Will Durant.



Howie Quotes about Education...

The War on Ignorance Most of these old quotes are outdated, but I keep them around to remind myself of how I felt years ago, and how my thoughts have changed over time. Some quotes are just not that effective enough in communicating thoughts.

The War on Ignorance is the War that will End all Wars

The war on ignorance is a war fought with words. But instead of words being used as weapons they will be used as liberators of the minds and of the hearts of every human being on this planet. This is the true intention of knowledge, and the true power of 'words'. Improving education is not a quick fix, and it will be a struggle, but at least we know that we can’t lose, for we have everything to win. You cannot lose a war against ignorance, you can only slow it down, but eventually we will win. And what we win is more control over our lives, and more awareness, and more understanding of others. Our only limitations then will be our own imaginations.

The 2nd Renaissance
The Purpose of Education

You don’t need an Army to fight ignorance, you need Replication like a Virus. And Knowledge is like a Virus in some ways. But knowledge is a type of a virus that is Symbiotic. A virus that is not symbiotic, ends up killing. An example of that type of virus is called Capitalism. A War Machine depends on proper training, and Education is Training for the War Against Ignorance.

Weapons of Mass Deconstruction   "People need to Weaponize the Mind and Bulletproof the Mind."

“There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance”, Buddha

Moses 2.0 "Let my people go, I shall part the sea of ignorance and free people for ever from the bondage of ignorance." Instead of two stone tablets, this time it will be a jump-drive filled with a million words that will create intelligence that will free people for ever.

Instead of the movie being called "Independence Day" they should have called it "Ignorance Day", the day that we stopped making stupid movies about how stupid we are. "We will not go quietly into the night!" Today we celebrate our Ignorance Day! The day that we all stopped being stupid. Happy 4th of July...4.7.1776..13 American Colonies = 36..3+6=9

My priorities shifted in 2008. When people ask me "where have I been and what I have been doing?" I feel like a soldier on the front line in a war, and someone is asking me "what have you been doing, I haven't seen you in a while?" I feel like saying, "I'm on the front line of a war, so what do you think I'm doing?" But I can't say that, because the war against ignorance is the unseen war. A war that most people have no idea exists. People know how important education is, but people have no idea what education should be, or which knowledge and information is the most valuable.

"Ignorance is a disease, and the only effective vaccine is a High Quality Education."

Knowledge is the cure for what ails us.  Cure is to make healthy again. Improve usability. Preserve. Prepare.

"We have found a cure for all the diseases that are currently plaguing mankind, it's called improving education and making a high quality education available to every human being on earth." Panacea

"We can breed out the disease called ignorance by improving education to its highest level."

"Mans only predator is mans own ignorance, so we are not the top species just yet."

Plague is cause to suffer a disease with a high death rate. Annoy continually or chronically.

People make the wrong assumption, they think that because I have acquired so much knowledge and information, I should be more successful in my life. I am successful, because I'm on the Front Line. You wouldn't ask a soldier on the front line, "Hey, why aren't you home building your dream house and building a successful career?" The answer is.. Because I'm fighting a war you moron!  Besides, I am more successful here then I would be anywhere else. I will not leave the front line, so I will most likely die here on the front line.

Years of Potential Life Lost is an estimate of the average years a person would have lived if he or she had not died prematurely, it's also related to the years that are lost from being ignorant, or doing ignorant things.
The Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) is a measure of overall Disease Burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death, with the disease being ignorance in this case.

Ignorance does more then cause all types of cancers, ignorance is a Cancer...

"I guess when the people in power decided to dumb down education in order to make it easier to control the masses, they thought it was a good idea at that time. But the sad part is, it turned out to be a horrible and horrific idea. As dumb as people are, when you have that many undereducated people, the results are catastrophic. What the people in power ended up doing is that they infected themselves, and this planet, with a very aggressive cancer, a cancer that they created. The main problem is that this type of cancer that we are dealing with has a brain, which makes it incredibly dangerous and difficult to cure, but not impossible. I don't hate people in power, because I know that most people, including myself, would most likely make the same mistakes if they were put in that same position of power and wealth, especially if those same people had the same lack of information and knowledge as the people in power did in the last 100 years. Now the scary part is wondering what methods people in power will use to cure this cancer. Of course there is always better ways and a more logical ways when problem solving. We just hope that people in power will not use the same thinking that they used that got us into this mess in the first place. The good part is, we know that the human brain learns. So now you see, this education problem is much more important then you think. It was the lack of information and knowledge that got us into this mess and it will be the abundance of information and knowledge that will get us out of this mess. People in power are not evil, People in power are just possessed by misinformation, which causes some of their actions to be deplorable, destructive and vicious. Pretty much the same thing that happens to the general public when they are misinformed."

"Not being able to see, hear or talk is a serious disadvantage. But not being able to think is the worst disability of them all."

You can do everything right, but that will still not protect you from other peoples ignorance.

Every type of war is related to money, but the root cause of war is inadequate education. Unconventional Warfare, InsurgencyGuerrilla Warfare, Psychological Warfare, Psychological Operations, Demoralization Warfare, war on cancer, war on poverty, war on obesity, war on corruption, war on certain drugs, war against pollution, and on and on.

When we came together during WWII we accomplished some amazing things. The war on ignorance is a war for our survival, so again we will come together and rise above.  

United States home front during World War II
Global Initiative

New Deal was a series of social liberal programs enacted in the United States between 1933 and 1938, and a few that came later. They included both laws passed by Congress as well as presidential executive orders during the first term (1933–1937) of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The programs were in response to the Great Depression, and focused on what historians refer to as the "3 Rs", Relief, Recovery, and Reform: relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy to normal levels, and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

Ignorance is the Butterfly Effect; we know that we cannot control everything, but what we can control, we should. Let us not perish from the mistakes caused by ignorance, instead, let us face all hardships knowing that we did our best as humanly possible.

There are things that we don’t want to know, but have to learn. It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder."

Everything has a function, if it didn't, it would not be here. You ask, what about cancer or radiation? Yes, even cancer and radiation has a function. They let us know when things are bad or wrong. Even ignorance has a function, ignorance lets us know that being stupid is not an option. Our job is to slow down decay, not increase it. Stealing time or borrowing time only leaves you with less time. So spending time on increasing your decay is not a good use of time, in fact, it's an insane use of time. Time has a function, to ignore time, is to die.

The Education Revolution is a Silent Revolution because it's a revolution of the mind. It's like a lush rain forest that is slowly growing back to reclaim the land that was ravaged by ignorance and corruption, which caused misplaced deforestation, death, pollution and over development. The improvements may be slow but at least they're steady. The changes will be beautiful.

Maybe not so much a revolution, but more of an evolution that is a million times faster.

"Learn continually, because Knowledge will feed you for the rest of your life, it will help protect you from diseases and help guide you through life. And what ever destiny awaits you, knowledge will always be there with you."

"One of the best things I discovered about information and knowledge is that the more you learn the more your life improves, and if you find that your life isn't improving, it just means that your not learning the right things at the right time. So you have to keep learning. If you stop learning, you will stop improving."

I don't pretend that I know everything, or do I pretend that I don't make mistakes, because I still do. Learning is a process, but learning is also a gift, a gift that keeps on giving. And this is why I chose to work on Education, besides websites, photography, computers and so on. Education is the beginning to all means, and not a means to an end.

A bad or inadequate education is very much like a brain injury. You have to retrain your brain in order for you to repair the damage and make your brain work properly.

" Learn and Learn again until Lambs become Lions "

Sadly today's education is not about bestowing knowledge or wisdom, it's more about creating unconscious living, dependency and control, which is not the intent of education but only its end result.

Even though Math is a factor in everything, Math doesn’t explain everything. Everything will have some sort of mathematical equation related to it. So it’s safe to say that knowing the math behind a problem or the math behind a solution will always benefit you no matter what, even knowing that some things just don’t add up.  

No matter what you do in your life, knowledge will always be that on thing that will come in handy.

As an Intelligent species we have 2 major responsibilities, Survive and Protect.

So what will be the Tipping Point

When will The Perfect Education Go Viral

Most people mean Well, it’s just that sometimes people don’t know what they Mean. Good intentions are not always good or easily understood by the giver or the receiver. We don't always say what we mean or mean what we say. People can learn, it’s just that sometimes people only want to learn when they feel it’s Personally Suitable or Perceived to be important. How many different types of Learning Disabilities are there? Can teaching and learning Information Literacy help solve this problem? You should never feel Insecure about what you don't know or should you ever be Afraid of saying something stupid. As long as you are asking a Question, whether the question is stupid or not, you will never be Lying to anyone or pretending to know something that you are not sure of, which in some cases can cause someone else to make a Mistake. There is no Shame in saying I don't know, the only shame that there is comes from not wanting to seek Knowledge about the Truth.

"The worst thing about schools is that it's giving kids the wrong impression. School Kids are actually believing that by going to school they are actually learning enough."

All you have to do is look at all the mistakes that people make to see that education is flawed. That's clear concrete evidence that education needs drastic improvements. If you look at most of the problems that we have in the world you can easily track them back to their source, and that is our incompetent education system. If education fails to teach the necessary information and knowledge, no one will learn it or apply that wisdom to our current problems.

There’s a lot of missing information and knowledge that is not being taught. This missing information and knowledge creates a dysfunctional brain. And the victim is usually unaware of this dysfunction. This is the main reason for all human failures.
Every problem on this earth that is caused by humans is a direct result of an inadequate and defective education.
The question is can we correct it in time?

The importance of Shared Information

In order to solve the problems in our world you first have to educate people to be problem solvers, then and only then will our problems be solved. 

To Create the perfect education you first have to define what a perfect education should be. Then you have to create good teaching methods so that a supreme education can be learned. Then you have to create intelligent ways of measuring and testing to confirm that the supreme education is fully understood. Then you have to create ways of effectively and efficiently distributing the perfect education to everyone who needs it, which happens to be everyone.

Lost PotentialEducation today is mostly linear and one-dimensional where the line you're following becomes so blurred at the end that it disappears, seemingly leading you to nowhere. So the goal of education today seems to be undefined, unless it's to follow the leader off a cliff, then I guess it does have one point, a point of no return.....So much lost potential, and the other side of this equation is the worst part, which is the human toll, same kind of pile....

Today's schools are like turning on a computer but never using it, and never adding anything to it.

Today's school kids are intellectually deprived and emotionally suppressed. By the time they reach the 3rd grade their brains have already become partially dysfunctional. You can't blame the teachers, or can you blame the parents, because they too were made dysfunctional by the same education process. And a dysfunctional brain is not aware of its own dysfunction because a dysfunctional brain does not have the mental capacity to correctly self-analyze. Intrapersonal intelligence needs to be learned early in life in order for the brain to avoid dysfunctional processes. 

The Domino Effect (Creating an Educated Civilization)

If you start on both ends you can save a lot of time. Synchronicity. Educate everyone from the bottom up while at the same time remove corrupt people in power, or at the least render corrupt people powerless by removing their pawns and puppets. Then somewhere in the middle, when all hindrances have been removed, true education will then succeed in creating an Educated Civilization. 

I'm fighting the most horrible belief in the world, the belief that there is nothing more to learn. People, mostly adults, are under this horrible delusion that they know enough. Adults believe that learning something new would over tax their brain, or stop them from having fun. And this learning disability mostly comes from schools, because schools have made learning to be tedious, boring and irrelevant, which literally f*cks people up for life.

We have known for some time that the Material World mentally separates people from the Real World. So much so that people actually believe that there is no Natural World, when in fact there is. This is way beyond just having a distorted Perception.  This separation is a form of blindness. It’s disconnection, It’s Isolation and a continuous sedation. It’s a real mess, it's tragic and disturbing. When will people Wakeup? Can people Wake Up? Maybe people don’t realize that they are actually Asleep? What will wake them up? Can education protect people from this Delusion?  

Poem
Our Souls are Seeds our Words are its Soil
Spreading the seeds of knowledge
like a flower spreading its seeds in the wind
education is the first step so let us begin
our evolution is upon us and has already begun
it's time for all to realize we too can shine like the sun.

As the universe expands so does Human comprehension. The expanding universe is the same as human comprehension, both will continue to expand and grow. We see no end in space because human comprehension hasn't evolved that far. Human consciousness is like a star slowly forming, we are just beginning to see..  

"If you are not learning how ignorant you are, you are not learning" 

As I continue to repair the years of ignorance that I have acquired over the years from our defective education system and from our corrupt corporate media, I find myself going back to repair the same ignorance over and over again because there are many Mechanisms of influence that a person needs to be aware of that can cause ignorance. But it does not mean that there are too many mechanisms to control. It just means it will take time to be aware of all the mechanisms that create ignorance. And when that is accomplished…wow!..

"There's a lot more to it when it comes to just figuring stuff out. Figuring something out is just the beginning. Like learning the combination of a lock that opens a door. Now what? 

There is a huge difference between ' thinking that you will eventually just figure stuff out on your own ' and 'actually seeking knowledge'. One is waiting to know and may never know, thus always struggling with the unknown, and the other is trying to know and will most likely know and learn, thus most likely to be free from struggling with the unknown.

"Since our children are the future we must educate them for the future"

Teaching is an ongoing conversation with the student...if you don't engage the mind then learning and teaching does not exist. 

A simple life is better as long as everyone is educated.

The Brain is a Computer. If you don't install the operating system correctly (education) the computer (Brain) will not be able to work to its full potential and may even experience a malfunctions and errors.  

I wouldn’t call our education system a complete failure. After all our education system has made us very aware of the fact that all humans can learn, maybe not everything they should have, but they still have the ability to learn. So all we have to do now is teach the most important knowledge and information that every human needs.

Some people ask me.. "So what do think that you could actually save the world" I say '"No, I don't think that ' I ' could save the world, I think that ' improving education ' could save the world"...I'm just the Facilitator ...The saving of the world will actually be done by educated people. Why do you think that God gave us a brain? Trying to make sense of the world is what the brain does naturally.

I was always searching for something, but I was never quite sure what I was searching for. Even when I found what I was searching for, I had know idea what it was. And when I finally did realized what I had found, it was like discovering the key to the universe, but I had no idea where the door was, all I knew was that the key was knowledge, and to find the door, I had to learn how to see it. So I set out on a incredible journey to acquire as much information and knowledge that I could find. And piece-by-piece, I'm getting closer, but I know that the door is not the end; it's only the beginning.

The best teacher is a teacher who realizes that he or she will never stop being a student. The best parent is a parent who realizes that he or she will never stop being a student. We all have to understand that education is a lifetime commitment and that no one should ever stop learning or teaching. America should be a Nation of Learners and Teachers and stop recycling and repeating the same substandard teaching methods and start utilizing the vast information and knowledge that we all have.  (Howard Polley)

Never give up, keep learning. Eventually you will understand almost everything. You need to eat everyday, you need to drink fluids everyday, and you need to learn something new everyday, or you will waste a day. And if you waste too many days, you will never progress, and you will never develop, and you will never reach your true potential.
To stop learning, is to stop living.


Live, Learn, Love and Progress


Live is to pursue a positive and satisfying existence. Abounding with Life and energy. Continue to live through hardship or adversity. Have life, be alive. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations.

Learn
is to gain knowledge or skills. Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort. Get to know or become aware of. Commit to memory; learn by heart.

Love is a strong positive emotion of regard and affection.

Progress is the gradual improvement or growth or development. Develop in a positive way.
Prosper
is to make steady progress; Be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance.

Develop is to grow emotionally or mature. Gain through experience. Make something new, such as artistic creation. Create by training and teaching. Evolve through a process of natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment. Move into a strategically more advantageous position. Generate gradually. Expand in the form of a series. Cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development. Become technologically advanced.


"Change is the essential process of all existence" - "In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see"
"The more we share, the more we have" LLAP, (Live Long and Prosper) - Spock (wiki)   Spock - Fascinating! (youtube)


Success


What is Success ?


Success things you don't see Success is knowing that my life made a Difference by making the world a better place, and that I have I given more then I received, and I was still able to live a happy, healthy and productive life.

Success is measured by how many positive influences that you have on other people’s lives, and by how many positive affects that you have on the planet. Success has nothing to do with Social Status, Power, Money or Fame, unless they were proven to be just an indirect side effect of a much larger accomplishment. So If the amount of negative affects out number the amount of positive affects, then you are not successful. Your life is not the only life that matters, ask any parent.

Success is an event that accomplishes its intended purpose. A high point in historical significance or importance. A contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous.

Achievement is the action of accomplishing something.

Accomplishing is to gain with effort.

Important is something of great significance or Value. Important in effect or meaning. Of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis.

Gain is to derive a Benefit from. Obtain Advantages. Increase or develop. The advantageous quality of being Beneficial. Promoting or enhancing well-being. Reach a destination, either real or abstract.

Good is having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified. Morally admirable. Agreeable or pleasing. Of moral excellence. Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude. Resulting favorably.

Success in the Work that You Do

Inspiration 101 (you need more then a will to succeed)

Purpose of Education

Pass the Baton

Self-Serving Bias is when we tend take more responsibility for our successes than our failures.

What's the difference between Winning and accomplishing a Goal?

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." (Albert Einstein)

"Success is making a difference by working on issues of poverty, hunger, mental health, human rights, animal welfare and others related to social justice." 

Making a Difference

Activism

"Success is finding an educational path that helps us to achieve the goals that matter to us." Life Quotes

"Success is to laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have
lived."

"Success is having enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to keep you happy, enough failure to keep you humble, enough accomplishments to keep you eager, enough friends to give you comfort, enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness, enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day than the one before."

"True achievement is a product of making observable and altruistic changes in the real world."


Inspiration Quotes
Life Quotes
Money Quotes
Sports Quotes
Environmental Quotes
Photography Quotes
Writing Quotes
Adventure Quotes 


Quotes and ideas are just the beginning of a lengthy conversation, so let us begin..


Young Women Holding Books ina Library nest to Book Shelves





The Thinker Man