15+ Informative Education Quotes to Inspire Both Students and Their Teachers

Why is education important?

Education is the key to everything that is good in our world today. Advances in computers, information technology, math, medicine, psychology, engineering and every other discipline would be impossible if education did not let us build on the advances of the great minds that came before us.

It is essential that we keep learning new things….

Education is not only about the past and present, but it is also the key to the future. It will help discipline our children for the intellectual challenges of the rest of the 21st century.

Education not only teaches our children facts but also teaches them how to think and learn on their own.

I feel education, both of our children and of ourselves, may be one of the most important things we can do today.

To honor all educators, teachers, administrators, professors and even those involved in cutting edge online education, I present this post on educational quotes.

These quotes about education show both the past and present views on education. They also show clearly why education is also so important for our future. Throughout the post I might also share a few of my thoughts. Because… well I guess because I can.

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What is Good Education?

There will always be arguments about what is taught in schools. Socrates was fed poison for teaching the “wrong things”. William of Ockam and Galileo are two great examples that philosophy and science have always been controversial topics (to understate the issue) when education runs counter to the status quo.

The line on what is good education seems to keep moving.

With common core and year-round schools coming into vogue these days, schools are a very different place than when I was a kid. And education 50 years from now will be even more different. I imagine 3-D display classrooms, with a ton of technology streamlining learning.

Yes, the future of education may seem strange to us today, but the changes will be made for the better of the student, or the changes will not last long.

When I think of, “what is good education” one quote comes to my mind. A quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy that I think encapsulates what a good education is really all about:

quotes about education

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”

With our first education quote out of the way, I will stop my essay, and give you a look at what you can expect from the rest of this quote post.

This article will feature many education quotes by many of the greatest thinkers of all time: Albert Einstein, George Santayana, Confucius, Maya Angelou, Francis Bacon, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Benjamin Franklin

But all these quotes are not just the serious musings of the bright lights from history. Many entertainers have chimed in over the years with their own quotes about the importance of education. This list has education quotes from Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, H.G Wells, C.S. Lewis, Katey Sagal, Tupac Shakur and Lady Gaga.

Without further ado, let’s get to the education quotes. Starting first with the most important aspect of education: kids. As the late Whitney Houston sang “I believe that children are our are future.  Teach them well and let them lead the way

Lead on kids….

Education Quotes for Kids

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
– Jim Henson

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss

“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”
– Chinese proverb

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
– George Santayana

“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.”
– Thomas Szasz

“Children just need the time, the space, and the permission to be kids.”
– Angela Hanscom

“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.”
– Ernest Dimnet

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
– Confucius

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
– Roger Lewin

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“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

“Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy.”
– Glenn Beck

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
– Maya Angelou

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”
– Maria Montessori

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.”
– Harold Hulbert

“I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”
– Ann Brashares

“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
– James Baldwin

“Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity to open children’s hearts and minds to the unbelievable wonder of the universe.”
– Sir Anthony Seldon

Motivation. Even educational motivation. Has always been a tough nut to crack.

While a few kids are motivated to do well from their own thirst for knowledge. Most are not.

Particularly younger kids may go into school kicking and screaming the whole way. While the best motivation will always be intrinsic motivation something has to be done to give kids that initial motivation until they grow up enough to motivate themselves.

Parents and teachers are always working up new tricks to give these students a bit of motivation. Of course, in many ways the best motivation for the young kids remains the old “carrot and stick” method. Let the child self reward when they do good jobs, and have a set of punishments when they do not live up to standards.

Not much has changed, there, except you might be taking away time playing video games instead of taking away time from playing ball with their friends.

Regardless, some of the educational quotes below will hopefully help students gain a little bit of motivation, or at least give parents and educators some ideas on applying some extrinsic motivation.

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