CITAZIONI sull'EDUCAZIONE
C.Lash, "La ribellione delle èlite", Feltrinelli, Milano, 2001
Danilo Dolci

"C'è del buono nel consiglio di "lasciarli da soli", se serve a scoraggiare l'eccesso di attenzioni e controlli verso l'infanzia da parte degli adulti. Certo non rendiamo loro un buon servizio sommergendoli di approvazione incondizionata. Le rassicurazioni di cui hanno bisogno possono ottenerle soltanto a seconda di quanto sono in grado di attenersi a standard impersonali di competenza. I bambini hanno bisogno di rischiare il fallimento e la delusione, di superare gli ostacoli, di affrontare le paure che li circondano. Il rispetto di sè non può essere conferito dagli altri, deve essere conquistato. La pratica terapeutica e pedagogica corrente, tutta "empatia" e "comprensione", spera di far nascere il rispetto senza alcun rischio. Neanche uno stregone potrebbe realizzare un miracolo medico del genere." (p.168)

C'è chi insegna
guidando gli altri come cavalli
passo per passo:
forse c'è chi si sente soddisfatto
così guidato.

C'è chi insegna lodando
quanto trova di buono e divertendo:
c'è pure chi si sente soddisfatto
essendo incoraggiato.

C'è pure chi educa, senza nascondere
l'assurdo ch'è nel mondo, aperto ad ogni
sviluppo ma cercando
d'essere franco all'altro come a sé,
sognando gli altri come ora non sono:
ciascuno cresce solo se sognato.

Danilo Dolci


"To me the worst thing seems to be a school principally to work with methods of fear, force and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity and the self-confidence of pupils and produces a subservient subject."
-Albert Einstein

"Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career."
-Albert Einstein

"The chief merit of language is clearness, and we know that nothing detracts so much from this as do unfamiliar terms."
-Galen

"Experience is a good school, but the fees are high."
-Heinrich Heine

"Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune."
-Jim Rohn

"Knowledge is not a commodity to be traded between expert and novice. Rather, it is a construction of ideas negotiated by the learner in a social setting."
-Rosamar Garcia

"We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong."
-Bill Vaughn

"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

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."
-Samuel Johnson

"Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity."
-Nancy Astor

"Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."
-Henry Peter Brougham

"Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them."
-John Ruskin

"What I said never changed anyone. What they understood did."
-???

"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

"There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world."
-Nicolai Ivanovitch Lobachevsky

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper."
-Robert Frost

"If little else, the brain is an educational toy."
-Tom Robbins

"Only the educated are free."
-Epictetus

"We cannot learn without pain."
-Aristotle

"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

"If you want to be the most popular person in your class, whenever the professor pauses in his lecture, just let out a big snort and say "How do you figger that!" real loud. Then lean back and sort of smirk."
-Jack Handey

"I think college administrators should encourage students to urinate on walls and bushes, because then when students from another college come sniffing around, they'll know this is someone else's territory."
-Jack Handey

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
-Will Durant

"The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving."
-Russell Green

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
-Malcolm S. Forbes

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
-Anatole France

"Learning is finding out what you already know."
-Richard Bach

"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers."
-Kahlil Gibran

"He helps others most, who shows them how to help themselves."
-A. P. Gouthey

"Practice is the best of all instructors."
-Publilius Syrus

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
-Confucius

"When the student is ready... the lesson appears."
-Gene Oliver

"There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination."
-Denis Diderot

"The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn."
-Alvin Toffler

"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 real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions."
-Bishop Creighton

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource."
-John F. Kennedy

"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 thoughts of other men."
-Bill Beattie

"The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives."
-Robert M. Hutchins

"I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge."
-Igor Stravinsky

"Humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn - when they do, which isn't often - on their own, the hard way."
-Robert Heinlein

"Belief gets in the way of learning."
-Robert Heinlein

"We are students of words: we are shut up in a schools and colleges and recitation-rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We are students of words: we are shut up in a schools and colleges and recitation-rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
-Albert Einstein

"He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes. But he who never asks a question remains a fool forever."
-Tom J. Connelly

"Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague."
-William Safire's Great Rules of Writing

"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be."
-William Hazlitt