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Quotes of the Day for 5 April 2003 – Education

Two very different forces in American education were born on this day. Elihu Yale was born at Boston in 1649 to a wealthy family. He was educated at London, worked for the East India Company for 27 years, married into more money, and gave a small Connecticut school a gift large enough that they named the school after him. In 1856, Booker T. Washington was born into slavery on a tobacco farm in Franklin County, Virginia. His first taste of school was carrying the books for his master's daughter, as a slave he wasn't allowed in the classroom. Washington went on to become a teacher, advocate for education for blacks, and founder of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Today's quotes deal with Education.

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The quotes:

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
     - Anatole France, 1844 - 1924

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is being educated.
     - Edith Hamilton, 1867 - 1963

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
     - Epictetus

Education is about the only thing lying around loose in the world, and it's about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he's willing to haul away.
     - George Lorimer, 1867 - 1937

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.
     - Jean Piaget, 1896 - 1980

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 - 1963


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