Education Quotations

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Robert Peal believes that education has grown Progressively Worse. Here he shares his favorite education quotations:

“I want to see State education improved, but this can only be achieved when misplaced ideologies, particularly the egalitarian ethos, are banished from our schools.”
— C. B. Cox

“If one wants to be a political progressive, one needs to be an educational conservative.”
— Katherine Birbalsingh

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.”
— Gilbert K. Chesterton

“A preference for good over evil is a preference that must if possible be learned in the playground and classrooms of nursery school and primary school.”
— Mary Warnock

“The teacher who uses poor social conditions as an excuse for poor teaching is the cause of greater deprivation than the home background itself.”
— C. B. Cox

“I am a liberal, yet I am a liberal tempered by experience, reflection and renouncement.”
— Matthew Arnold

“At primary school children are taught nothing; at secondary school they discuss what they have been taught.”
— Kingsley Amis

“Dare anyone call Permissiveness
An educational success:
Saner those class-rooms that I sat in,
Compelled to study Greek and Latin.”
— W. H. Auden

“It is universally true that young people who don’t yet know history prefer it to be taught in the most conventional and straightforward way.”
— Tony Judt

“The liberal curriculum offers children of all back?grounds the chance of better comprehending, and even perhaps of mentally transcending, their own particular experiences.”
— David Conway

“We live in a thought world, and that thinking has gone very bad indeed.”
— Allan Bloom

“Relativism has extinguished the real motive of education, the search for a good life.” Allan Bloom

“Culture seeks to do away with classes; to make the best that has been thought and known in the world current everywhere; to make all men live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light.”
— Matthew Arnold

“Education involves providing answers to questions that the young have not yet asked.”
— Frank Furedi

“Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another.”
— G. K. Chesterton

“The problem of education in the modern world lies in the fact that by its very nature it cannot forgo either authority or tradition, and yet must proceed in a world that is neither structured by authority nor held together by tradition.”
— Hannah Arendt

“It seems to me that conservatism, in the sense of conservation, is of the essence of the educational activity.”
— Hannah Arendt

“The best education for the best is the best education for all.” Robert
— Maynard Hutchins

“What we have loved | Others will love and we will teach them how.”
— William Wordsworth

“What I have always loved best about the history of the world is that it is true. That all the extraordinary things we read were no less real than you and I are today. What is more, what did happen is often far more exciting and amazing than anything we could invent.”
— E. H. Gombrich

“I distrust orthodoxies. Especially orthodoxies of dissent.”
— John Updike


  1. Kudzu Bob says:

    “The best education for the best is the best education for all.” –Robert Maynard Hutchins

    Utter nonsense. Geniuses and dullards require different methods of instruction.

  2. Kudzu Bob says:

    …Or does he mean that society benefits if the smartest people get the best schooling? That I would agree with.

  3. Isegoria says:

    I believe he’s suggesting that a rigorous public-school education — in the English sense, meaning elite-private-school education — should be available to all students, regardless of social class.

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