'Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.'
Albert Einstein kept a picture of Michael Faraday on his study wall.
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was the son of a village blacksmith from a desolate part of Cumbria. He left school at 14 with only the most rudimentary education. Michael taught himself everything he knew by reading the books that passed through his hands during his seven-year apprenticeship to a London bookbinder. He went on to become one of the greatest scientists in history and the greatest experimentalist of them all.
I am no poet but,
if you think for yourselves as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your mind.
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) (Blind and Deaf American Author and Educator)
But you may not be named Teacher: for One is your teacher and you are all brothers.
The Gospel of Matthew (23:8) The Bible in Basic English (BBE)
He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.
We busted out of class had to get away from those fools We learned more from a three-minute record than we ever learned in school
First two sentences of the song No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen
André Le Nôtre was born on March 12, 1613 into a family of gardeners. André was dyslexic. His ability, however, to draw up three-dimensional plans surpassed what even the most literate people could hope to achieve on paper. He became famous for his design for the incredible gardens of Versailles.
Unlike André's parents the educational system in the 21st century could never bring forth such a talent. Firstly, because it is incapable of making provisions for someone who doesn't possess high order reading skills. Secondly, because it doesn't value let alone foster creative talent like a talent for garden design.
We don't need no education We don't need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone! All in all it's just another brick in the wall. All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
"Wrong, Do it again!" "If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"
Another Brick in The Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd
Children under the age of 11 ask: 'Why?' around eight times a day. They ask questions like:
'Why is the sky blue?'
'How many stars are there in the sky?'
'What happens when you die?'
'Where do babies come from?'
When do we lose that inquisitiveness and why?
I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew) Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. I send them over land and sea
I send them east and west but after they have worked for me I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five, for I am busy then as well as breakfast, lunch and tea, for they are hungry men. But different folk have different views, I know a person small
she keeps ten million serving-men who get no rest at all.
She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs, from the second she opens her eyes one million Hows, two millions Wheres and seven million Whys!
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Old Arabian Tale:
There once was an old fisherman who had an interesting take on the value of education and learning. You can hear the Fisherman's song during one of those special nights of 1001 Arabian Nights. Click here to hear the Fisherman's Song.
Food for Thought
As a species we survive and thrive through collaboration. Why then, do we teach our children in schools that that is cheating?