The cynic says, ‘One man can’t do anything.’ I say, ‘Only one man can do anything.’
The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.
The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions.
I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.
For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities – brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
It’s a staggering transition for high school students that found they could study five hours a week and make As and Bs.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.