Many students today begin their first day of the new school year. In celebration of this event, the Neighborhood has decided on a collection of school-related quotes from the wisdom of the ages.
Some advocate school, some are indifferent, and some wish the building would explode in a bloody mess. All of them are provocative and would be a great catalyst for classroom discussion. Enjoy.
“We learn not in the school, but in life” — Seneca
“But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.” — Plato
“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” — Henry Peter Brougham
“School days are the unhappiest in the whole span if human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, with brutal violations of common sense and common decency.” — H.L. Mencken
“If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.” — Susan B. Anthony
“Real improvement in our schools is not simply a matter of spending more, it is a matter of expecting more.” — George H. W. Bush
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school.” — Albert Einstein
“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” — Oscar Wilde
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” — George Santayana
“We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forego the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” — Woodrow Wilson
“The school is that last expenditure upon which Americans should be willing to economize” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
“You don’t appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life.” — Emo Philips
(Okay, that last one seems inappropriate. It gave me a good laugh, though.)