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

Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way
Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say
Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands.
When you teach the children teach 'em the very best you can.
- Harold Melvin, Peace

If you want to change the way people think, you can educate them, brainwash them, bribe them, drug them. Or you can teach them a few carefully chosen new words with the power to change the way you see the world (or as the Germans would say, these words might warp your Weltanschauung).
- Howard Rheingold, They Have a Word for It

Awe is the beginning of wisdom. Awe is the beginning of education.
- Matthew Fox, 21st century spirituality: how do we wake up?

Engage me or enrage me.
- Marc Prensky

Give people a fun, exciting 'catch' activity and use that as the baseline from which more meaningful dialogue can evolve.
- Tom Walter, comment posted on Storytelling Now

There may be more than one right answer.
- Popular expression

Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.
- Chinese proverb

The mind values most what it learns first hand.
- Promotion, Otago Polytechnic

Our students have changed radically. Today's students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.
- Marc Prensky, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (PDF)

Everything that one thinks one understands has to be understood over and over again in its different aspects each time with the same new shock of discovery.
- Marian Milner, cited by Helen Garner

When the objective is to make children composers, performers, and appreciators of music, it is not enough merely to place a piano in every classroom and provide each teacher with a one-day course on how the piano works.
- New Zealand Consultative Committee on Information Technology in the School Curriculum, 1990

Students today are often immersed in an environment where they learn subjects that have truth and beauty embedded in them, but the way they are taught is compartmentalized so that truth and beauty are not always evident.
- David Bolinsky, David Bolinsky animates a cell

No matter how lazy you feel, you're not intrinsically doing nothing.
- David Bolinsky, David Bolinsky animates a cell

Institutions everywhere, from corporations to the military, are discovering that maintaining a healthy balance of 'bottoms up' management (i.e. listening) with the old 'top-down' management is a far better way to be successful. It is high time we stop hiding behind our teaching and administration desks, afraid of our own kids, and learn to dialog with them about their own learning. After all, isn't that what real education is all about?
- Marc Prensky, To educate, we must listen (PDF)

I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like to be taught.
- Winston Churchill

Real learning is not something added, it is a reorganization of the system. New nets and assemblies occur, loops form, alternate pathways develop. The viewed world is different and so is the viewer.
- Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self

Awareness by itself is not enough, it must be joined by mastery.
- Piero Ferrucci, what we may be

Anything should be studied not by what it is in itself, but by its relationship to other things.
- Gregory Bateson

Knowledge is not the conformity of the mind to the given but an immersion in the process of transformation and construction of a new world.
- Gustavo Gutierrez

Be prepared to be surprised.
- Harrison Owen, Open Space Technology

We now know that students would rather ask another student for help before they ask a teacher, that's the normal behaviour. But we don't formalise that. Kids just do that on their own, after school. So I show an example today of one teacher in Los Angeles who's a Math teacher, where students in his classroom had designed tutorials across the curriculum available on one YouTube-like website. So that the children, in their own voice, can create tutorials that actually have more of an impact than the teacher teaching. In my country, we have these things called one-room schoolhouses that come out of the 1800s, where one teacher taught every subject, 8 grades. And the only way to do that is to organise it so that kids teach kids. And the research on that model to this day, shows that one-room schoolhouses get better standardised test scores than classrooms where the teacher delivers everything. So we know historically it's been a good idea. The irony is we've wiped out, now in a sense we have these new tools, so we're going back to a model that we got rid of, and revisiting and re-engineering it with these new tools. When every kid has a laptop and you have them at home as well as at school, it certainly can be an isolating experience. Or you can actually get kids communicating with one another outside their own circle of friends. Because when you don't see them face-to-face, you might we willing to share and ask questions, even ask for help, that you would never ask face to face. Then when you come back to school there's a stronger sense of community. So it's not one or the other. The trick for a teacher in managing this is to create challenges on the web for kids to collaborate, that lead to more social interaction rather than less.
- Alan November, The Digital Classroom

Our students have changed radically. Today's students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.
- Marc Prensky, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (PDF)

Institutions everywhere, from corporations to the military, are discovering that maintaining a healthy balance of 'bottoms up' management (i.e. listening) with the old 'top-down' management (i.e. demanding) is a far better way to be successful. It is high time we stop hiding behind our teaching and administration desks, afraid of our own kids, and learn to dialog with them about their own learning. After all, isn't that what real education is all about?
- Marc Prensky, To educate, we must listen (PDF)

In 1837, Frederick Froebel started the first school for four and five year olds in Germany. He called it 'kindergarten,' or a children's garden, and made it into a paradisiacal sanctuary where teachers read kids poetry and stories, led them in singing songs, and oversaw them as they gardened and played outdoors. Government authorities later shut the place down, citing the 'dangerous freedom' of the experiment.
- Rob Brezsny

Knowledge is not the conformity of the mind to the given but an immersion in the process of transformation and construction of a new world.
- Gustavo Gutierrez

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

The things that can destroy us are politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
- Gandhi

I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
- Georgia O'Keeffe 

The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.
- Albert Einstein

You can't solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.
- Albert Einstein

There is no travel without learning and no learning without travel.
- Michel Serres (cited frequently by Oliver Hillel)

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than knowledge.
- Charles Darwin

In this great future, you cannot forget your past.
- Bob Marley

When a donkey flies, you don't blame him for not staying up that long.
- Mary Tyler Moore show

You ain't going to learn what you don't want to know.
- Grateful Dead

Don't let classes get in the way of your education.
- Conversation, 1984

Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.
- Alexander Pope

Traditions cannot be frozen in time. They need to be preserved and brought to a modern sensibility.
- Conversation

Be curious. Don't try for consistency.
- Conversation

As I've gotten older, I find I am able to be nourished more by sorrow and to distinguish it from depression.
- Robert Bly

One way to be successful is to stop making the same mistakes.
- Conversation

You know, when Pope Urban VIII refused to look through the telescope of Galileo, it was because he didn't want to admit the fact that Jupiter had moons. His argument was that if he, the Pope, who was the top dog at the time, the top tweet in birdhouse, if he didn't see it, it didn't exist. Remember that the word 'real' originally meant 'royal.' It still does in Spanish. If the king didn't see it, it didn't exist. If the court chronicle didn't record it, it didn't exist.
- Harold Humes, Writing on Air

Standing on the shoulders of giants, I feel so cold.
- REM

A psychiatrist had been working with an autistic child. For a long time he had been trying to communicate with him, but the child had remained locked in his own world. At last, one day, the psychiatrist took a pencil, threw it on the ground and told the child: "Now pick it up and give it to me." His tone carried the weight of all the hopes of the failed attempts of the past. The atmosphere was ripe; the child did as he was asked, and in that magic moment a link of consciousness was established between the two. The psychiatrist later talked about this experience to a group of colleagues in a conference. Soon after, many of them started mechanically throwing pencils before autistic children and waiting for the children to pick them up. Of course, what had come to be known as 'the pencil technique' failed.
- Piero Ferrucci, what we may be


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