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The Illinois Loop website is full of quotations and other information about education.  The Illinois Loop is an informal group of about 200 parents, teachers, school board members and others, mostly in the suburbs around Chicago.  Their massive collection of education quotations is well worth exploring.  Here are some quotations from their website:

Does your school have high academic standards (Percent saying "yes")?

71% of principals

60% of teachers

38% of students

- Report in the January 2002 issue of School Reform News



Our K-12 system of public schools ... represents perhaps the largest socialized delivery system outside of Communist China. And the results are all too predictable.  - Clint Bolick, director, Alliance for School Choice, in his book, Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Civil Liberty


The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.  - G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News, September 7, 1929

We must love our children's hopes and dreams and prayers more than we love the institutional heritage of the school system.  - Willard Daggett

Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive
anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.  - John Dewey, 1896

Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony
of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.  - John Dewey

If you spend your own money
on yourself, you care how much you spend and how well you spend it. If you spend your own money on someone else, you care how much you spend, but you don't care how well it is spent. If you spend someone else's money on yourself, you don't care how much you spend, but you do care how well it is spent.  And finally, if you spend someone else's money on someone else, you don't care how much you spend, and you don't care how well it is spent. That is government.  - Milton Friedman

The NEA's ultimate goal is to tap the legal, political and economic powers of the U.S. Congress
. We want leaders and staff with sufficient clout that they may roam the halls of Congress and collect votes to re-order the priorities of the United States of America.  - Terry Herndon, NEA Executive Director, 1973

It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error
; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.  - Robert H.
Jackson, justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1950

The Fourteenth Amendment protects the citizen against the State itself and all of its creatures - Boards of
Education not excepted. ... Probably no deeper division of our people could proceed from any provocation than from finding it necessary to choose what doctrine and whose program public educational officials shall compel youth to unite in embracing.  - Robert H. Jackson, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1943

It is out of character for a country that prides itself on intellectual freedom to put the education of its young in the hands of the state. - David Kelley
, "Learning the Hard Way," p. 17, Barron's,
February 17, 1986

There was a day, within our lifetimes, when public officials stood in school doorways in an attempt to keep some students from entering
. Now we have the sad spectacle of others symbolically standing in school doorways attempting to keep any students from getting out.  - David W. Kirkpatrick

ucation for international understanding involves the use of education as a force for conditioning the will of the people.  - National Ed
ucation Association, Education for International Understanding in American Schools, page 33 (1948)

Schools will become clinics whose purpose is to provide
individualized, psycho-social treatment for the student, and teachers must become psycho-social therapists.  - National
Education Association, "Education for the '70s," Today's Education, January 1969

Far too many people in
, both in and out of education, look upon the elementary school as a place to learn reading, writing and arithmetic.  - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Education Association Yearbook, 1947

It's time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy,
a bureaucratic system in which everybody's role is spelled out in advance, and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It's no surprise that our school system doesn't improve: It more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy.  - Albert Shanker, late president, American Federation of Teachers, "Reding, Wrighting & Erithmatic," Wall Street Journal,
October 2, 1989

We do not need any more preaching about right or wrong.
The old 'thou shall nots' simply are not relevant. Values clarification is a method for teachers to change the values of children without getting caught.  - Dr. Sidney Simon, creator of the "Values Clarification" curriculum, which sold over 400,000 copies

Education ... has become in most countries at the present day a national concern
. The state receives, and often takes, the child from the arms of the mother to hand it over to official agents; the state undertakes to train the heart and to instruct the mind of each generation. Uniformity prevails in the courses of public instruction as in everything else; diversity as well as freedom is disappearing day by day.  - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume 2, Fourth Book

The only real measure of a teacher's competence
, over time, is whether parents want the services of that teacher.  - Unknown

For more quotations from Illinois Loop, go directly to their website. 

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The English Teachers Network in Israel on the Internet (ETNI) - was founded by David Lloyd in 1996. The aim of ETNI is to provide an English Teachers Network on the Internet which serves as an English teachers professional support group (both by teachers and for teachers) and helps teachers work with the Internet in their classroom.  ETNI is constantly developing and reinventing itself as a "Virtual Educational Community" where teachers discuss pedagogical issues and contribute their ideas and experience to the ETNI website.  Here are a few quotations from their website:

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn
.  -

In large states public education will always be mediocre,
for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.  - Friedrich Nietzsche

For more quotations from English Teachers Network, go directly to their website.



The Liberty Tree website contains famous quotes, quotations, sayings, phrases, idioms, proverbs, and axioms about Liberty and the Responsibility that comes with it.

The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms
.  - Henri-Frédéric Amiel

The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state
is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free – which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state.  - Alan Barth

...why should we then expect government schools to teach children to question the authority of government?
  - Neal Boortz

I claim for the nation an education that depends only on the State
, because children of the State must be raised by members of the State.  - Louis-René de Caradeuc de La Chalotais

It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery
.  - Benjamin Disraeli

I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom
by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being... The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of 'love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved.  - John J. Dunphy

For more quotations from Liberty Tree, go directly to their website.


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Last Updated March 26, 2010