I find that the problem with math education is the sink-or-swim approach. Everything is rapid fire, and the kids who get it first are the ones who are rewarded. So there comes to be a feeling that there are people who can do math and there are people who aren’t math people. I think that extended amount of time gives you the chance as a teacher to explain things, and more time for the kids to sit and digest everything that’s going on–to review, to do things at a much slower pace.
~ Frank Corcoran (in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success)
I didn’t like school and all I wanted to do was work on cars. But right before I graduated, I got into a really bad car accident, and I spent that summer in the hospital thinking about where I was heading. I decided to take education more seriously and go to a community college.
~ George Lucas
Don’t go to a school because it’s great. Go to a school that will make you great.
~ Ryan Gray, MD
Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men — the balance wheel of the social machinery.
~ Horace Mann
If you don’t let a teacher know at what level you are–by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance–you will not learn or grow. You cannot pretend for long, for you will eventually be found out. Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.
~ Stephen R. Covey
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
~ Albert Einstein
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
~ Herbert Spencer