Friday 25 December 2020

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
- Epictetus

"Education is my passion. It should be our
national mission to be number one in the world in
education. We cannot continue in the modern
world with a situation where so many people [in
the UK] have got no qualifications… In education
as we encourage higher aspirations there will be
more opportunity for all who work hard and make
the effort…Both a strong economy and an
inclusive society require a fully numerate
population. This is why, some eight years after
we introduced the national numeracy strategy, I
believe the time is now right fundamentally to
review how we teach numeracy and to set out a
plan for ensuring that every child is numerate by
the time they leave primary school.”
- Gordon Brown

“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man.” – Horace Mann

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
-Helen Keller

“In my statement to Parliament, I said we would
renew our focus on school standards, putting
standards before structures. We do children no
favours if we are anything less than rigorous about
standards in English and Maths. We must back the
professional judgment of teachers to empower
them to instill good behavior in the classroom – so
the education of the many is not disrupted by a
minority of disruptive pupils. Promoting excellence
in teaching and tackling disadvantage demands we
personalize teaching and learning and back strong,
innovative leadership in schools… As all the best
schools know, you cannot raise standards and close
achievement gaps without focusing on all the needs
of every child and tackling every obstacle to their
- Ed Balls

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.”
– George Evans

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

“Communicating well with children and
young people is a real talent and a key
part of the success that challenges
young minds and unlocks potential.
Every good teacher has this talent –
and more – in abundance and those who
truly connect with their young students
are rarely forgotten.”
- Alan Johnston

“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.”
 – James A Garfield

“Teachers are in all respects the lifeblood of
education… their work has unique and demonstrable
outcomes on the health, wealth and welfare of every
person in this country. My belief is that education is
the one key driver in enabling people to fulfil their
potential, and therefore the sole means by which we
can hope to deliver equality and social justice… Our
future and that of every child in the planet, rests on
our ability to invest every scrap of time and resource
we have into building the type of educated global
society of which we can be proud. Teachers make
their own contribution to that objective every day of
their working lives. As a nation we should be
fantastically proud of them.”
-         Lord David Puttnam


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