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Children Learn What They Live

If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.

If children live with ridicule,
they learn to be shy.

If children live with tolerance,
they learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement,
they learn confidence.

If children live with praise,
they learn to appreciate.

If children live with fairness,
they learn justice.

If children live with security,
they learn faith.

If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance, and friendship,
they learn to find love in the world.

Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Educational Quotes and Sayings

Education is understanding relationships.
George Washington Carver

The important thing is not to stop questioning.  
Albert Einstein

To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold,
herein lies the first task of the teacher. 
 Maria Montessori

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves
throughout their lives.  
Robert Maynard Hutchins

Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.  
Margaret Riel

Education's responsibility is to replace an empty mind with an open one. 
Malcolm Forbes

Teaching, is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission.
Dr. Ralph Tyler

People seldom see the halting and painful steps at which 
the most insignificant success is achieved. 
Anne Sullivan

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. 
Derek Bok, President, Harvard University

The greatest discoveries all start with the question "Why?"  
Dr. Robert D. Ballard

Be very, very careful what you put into that head, 
because you will never, ever get it out.  
Cardinal Wolsey

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.  
Mark Twain

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.  

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence. 
Abigail Adams - 1780

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. 
B. F. Skinner

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play.
Every individual makes a difference. 
Jane Goodall

If you think you can do a thing, or think you can't do a thing; you're right.  
Henry Ford

What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher...?  
It is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist".   

Maria Montessori

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

A teacher has to be a prophet who can look into the future and see the world of tomorrow into which the children of today must fit.  

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  
Winston Churchill

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. 
Peter F. Drucker

It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.  
Rene Descartes

A Good teacher Explains ... A Superior teacher Demonstrates ... 
A GREAT teacher Inspires. 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. 
Mahatma Gandhi

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

Adults are obsolete children. 
Dr. Seuss



The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure this one out."

"Yes," said the Lord, " but have you read the specs on this order?"


…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
... must run on coffee, coke and leftovers,
... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
... must have more time for others than for herself/himself
... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
... must have 6 pair of hands.

"Six pair of hands, " said the angel, "that's impossible"
"Well, " said the Lord, " it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!"

The angel looked incredulous, " Three pairs of eyes...on a standard model?"

The Lord nodded His head, " One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, " I understand and I still believe in you", 
without so much as saying a word to the child."

"Lord, " said the angel, " this is a very large project and I think 
you should work on it tomorrow".

"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."

The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating. 
"It is too soft-hearted, " said the angel.

"Yes," said the Lord, " but also tough, You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".

"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.

"Not only think," said the Lord,. "but reason and compromise."

The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger 
over the teacher's cheek.

"Well, Lord, " said the angel, your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model. 
You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher."

The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher's cheek.
It shone and glistened in the light.

"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a tear."

"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel, "What is a tear for?"

The Lord replied with great thought, " It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students 
and get ready to welcome a new class."

"My, " said the angel, " The tear thing is a great idea...You are a genius!!"
The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there."

Author Unknown

Whose Child Is This?

"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play.
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while.
To bathe his/her hands and comb his/her hair,
To tell him/her what he/she is to wear,
To prepare him/her that he/she may always be good,
And each day do the things he/she should".

"Whose child is this?" I asked again,
As the door opened and someone came in.
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile.
"Mine, to keep just for a little while.
To teach him/her how to be gentle and kind,
To train and direct his/her dear little mind,
To help him/her live by every rule,
And get the best he/she can from school".

"Whose child is this?" I asked once more,
Just as the little one entered the door.
"Ours", said the parent and the teacher as they smiled.
And each took the hand of the little child.
"Ours to love and train together.
Ours this blessed task forever."

Author Unknown


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