Words About Teaching and Learning

by Joy Jones

Many of you are already familiar with my book Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers. In it, I write reflections based on the thoughts sparked by a quotation. Composing Private Lessons has made me a compulsive quote collector. Good quotations are a great way to get a whole lot of wisdom through a single sentence. Or if not wisdom, at least you get a smile. Here are some quotations about teaching and learning:

"All my life I have worked with youth, I have begged for them and fought for them and lived for them and in them. My story is their story." -- Mary McLeod Bethune

"The three things I like best about school are June, July and August." -- Every Student & Every Teacher

"Teaching, is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission." -- Dr. Ralph Tyler

"Oneís work may be finished someday but oneís education, never." -- Alexandre Dumas, the Elder

"Iím thirty years old, but I read at the thirty-four year old level." -- Dana Carvey

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think." -- Annie Sullivan

"The three Rís of our school system must be supported by the three Tís: Teachers who are superior, techniques of instruction that are modern, and thinking about education which places it first in all our plans and hopes."
-- Lyndon B. Johnson

"There are some things only intellectuals are crazy enough to believe." -- George Orwell



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