These quotes on the importance of education remind us about why education is a fundamental right – not only to us as individuals but also to society.
Now I’ve been an adult considerably longer than I was ever a child, I can’t help but look back to my days at school with a sense of wonder.
I find it incredibly amazing that we live in a world that values education enough to ensure a significant number of its citizens get access to it – access that is privileged beyond child labor.
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It takes vision to value education because it is an investment in an unknown future.
There are no guarantees that the years the child has spent in a formal education system will pay off in an improved society.
Luckily for us, it turns out that education does create happier societies and happier people as a rule!
Therefore these quotes on the importance of education help to remind us that our jobs as educators are both life-changing and world-changing.
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We are shapers of the future.
That’s important to remember when you wonder what the hell it is that you’re doing last period on a Friday afternoon.
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Importance of education quotes
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. – Joseph Addison
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. – Jacques Barzun
Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth. – Helen Caldicott
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. – Chinese Proverb
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. – Confucius
Education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it – Marian Wright Edelman
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. – Edward Everett
It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time. – T.S. Eliot
Education is not to teach men facts, theories, or laws; it is not to reform them, or amuse them, or to make them expert technicians in any field; it is to teach them to think, to think straight if possible; but to think always for themselves. – Dr. Robert M. Hutchins
Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults – Abraham Lincoln
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. What does it matter if the pupil knows a little more or a little less? A boy who leaves school knowing much, but hating his lessons, will soon have forgotten almost all he ever learned; while another who had acquired a thirst for knowledge, even if he had learned little, would soon teach himself more than the first ever knew. – John Lubbock
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
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching. – George Bernard Shaw
Make a difference, change the game for the better, leave a legacy, be a guide that someone else can follow and make better, and then someone else will follow that and make that better. – Carlos Wallace
Education is the realization of hope for the future. – Victor Tam
Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions – Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr
Education is the passport to the future, for the future belongs for those who prepare for it today – Malcolm X
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai
These 20 quotes on the importance of education make for great discussion points in your class or with your colleagues, or simply for a heart-warming reminder for why we do what we do.
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