Our 10 Favourite Quotes About Education #40YearsLater
A lot has been said about the power of education. While most – from philosophers, scientists to teenagers such as Tupac Shakur and Malala Yousafzai, and even politicians – agree that education is an important tool for changing lives, often, where they disagree is on the quality of education, access and what education is supposed to mean in the lives of students. Here are our favourite quotes about education from sources as varied as statesmen and writers.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
“When you educate a woman, you set her free. Had I not had books and education in Mississippi, I would have believed that’s all there was.” Oprah Winfrey
“Educate a woman and you educate her family. Educate a girl and you change the future.” Queen Rania of Jordan
“The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed” – Steve Biko
“The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.” Martin Luther King JR
“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” – John F. Kennedy
A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. – Unknown
I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. – Maya Angelou
“We’re not being taught to deal with the world as is it is. We’re being taught to deal with this fairy land that we’re not even living in anymore. And it’s sad. Because it’s me telling you. And it should not be me telling you.” Tupac Shakur (Age 17)
“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated”. James A. Baldwin
Tell us, do you believe education is important?