Sunday, July 24, 2011

Education is about developing unique individuals - learning how to live.

A couple of quotes sent to me as comments - worth sharing

Debra's blog page provide these excellent quotes:

Once I read a proverb:

'Life is a school. Why not try taking the curriculum?'

Debra is influenced by the  great writer and thinker, John Gatto Taylor:

 'Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.'

This quote, from an Oliver Sacks book, provided by Alan, is worth a thought:
'… some predisposition or potential is built in genetically but requires stimulation, practice, environmental richness and nourishment if it is to develop fully. Natural selection may bring about the initial disposition, but experience and experiential selection are needed to bring our cognitive and perceptual capacities to their full realisation.'

1 comment:

Debra said...

Bruce, thank you for sharing my educational philosophy with your readers. Also, I wanted you to know that I’ve shared your site and your writings, quotes, etc. on other educational blogs.
Here’s an article I wrote where I link back to your blog and share your insights.

Another good quote that aligns with your perspective:
I am not a teacher, but an awakener. ~ Robert Frost

If more school systems allowed teachers to be awakeners rather than ‘instructors’ we’d see more students reach their full potential, don't you think?