quotations about teaching
For the life of me I cannot fathom why we expect so much from teachers and provide them so little in return. In 1940, the average pay of a male teacher was actually 3.6 percent more than what other college-educated men earned. Today it is 60 percent lower. Women teachers now earn 16 percent less than other college-educated women. This bewilders me.... There was no Plato without Socrates, and no John Coltrane without Miles Davis.
BILL MOYERS, speech at the fiftieth anniversary of the Council of Great City Schools, "America 101", October 27, 2006
There is no better way to learn than to teach.
BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms
If you have forgotten how to be a child you cannot teach children.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Year after year students tumble along like the waters of a river. They flow away, and only the teacher is left behind, like some deeply buried rock at the bottom of the current.
KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes
It is better to teach a few things perfectly than many things indifferently.
ANDRÉ MAUROIS, An Art of Living
Teaching is one of the noblest of professions. It requires an adequate preparation and training, patience, devotion, and a deep sense of responsibility. Those who mold the human mind have wrought not for time, but for eternity.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, speech, July 4, 1924
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
ANATOLE FRANCE, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
Some of the world's best educators are grandparents.
DR. CHARLIE W. SHEDD, attributed, Just Grandparents
The key to fixing education is better teaching, and the key to better teaching is figuring out who can teach and who can't.
JONATHAN ALTER, Newsweek, June 15, 2009
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on cold iron.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
We never completely escape the teachers of our childhood nor any of the patterns that formed us.
FRANK HERBERT, Heretics of Dune
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn
When teachers themselves are taught to learn.
BERTOLT BRECHT, Life of Galileo
Teaching is an art, not a science, principally because it involves human beings, their emotions and their values.
GILBERT HIGHET, The Art of Teaching
Teaching is arousing and using the pupil's mind to form in it a desired conception of thought.
JOHN MILTON GREGORY, The Seven Laws of Teaching
Great knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been well instructed, but still greater knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been neglected.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
History is philosophy teaching by examples.
THUCYDIDES, The History of the Peloponnesian War
No man is so learned but he may be taught; neither is any one so illiterate but he may teach.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
None can teach admirably if not loving his task.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
Teachers, who are really good create that environment where you can be very satisfied by the process of learning. If you do something and you find it a very satisfying experience then you want to do more of it. The great teachers somehow convey in their very attitude and their words and their actions and everything they do that this is an important thing you're learning. You end up wanting to do more of it and more of it and more of it. That's a real talent some people have to convey the importance of that and to reflect it back to the students.
JEFF BEZOS, interview, Academy of Achievement, May 4, 2001
First let a man teach himself, and then he will be taught by others.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe