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Quotes of the Day for 4 September 2004 – Education Panned

Back to School Week concludes with this issue of Quotes of the Day. As I hope has been obvious from my selections, I am a great believer in education, I appreciate those who dedicate themselves to providing it, and I applaud those who pursue their own improvement in the classroom. On the other hand, I am not cut out for learning things in class and had a fairly miserable time in school. (I think they gave me a high-school diploma for fear I would come back for another year if they didn't.) The cynic in me feels that one day of rebuttal to the rest of the week's theme is in order.

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The quotes:

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
     - Bertrand Russell, 1872 - 1970

Education is the state-controlled manufacture of echoes.
     - George Norman Douglas, 1868 - 1952

A high-school teacher, after all, is a person deputized by the rest of us to explain to the young what sort of world they are living in, and to defend, if possible, the part their elders are playing in it.
     - Emile Capouya

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
     - Laurence J. Peter, 1919 - 1990

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
     - Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

I began my education at a very early age - in fact, right after I left college.
     - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

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