Powerful Quotes

Yong Zhao, professor at Michigan State University’s College of Education and author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, says there’s a lot of data showing that standardized test scores do not predict a nation’s success, and considering China is one of the top scorers in all international student assessment tests across the board.  “Many of China’s college graduates cannot find a job,” says Zhao, “At the same time international firms in China are actually complaining they can’t find qualified talent–so there’s some irony there … Going after test scores is the wrong indicator to look at for the quality of education.” 

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“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness” -Richard Carlson

“Forget the notion of carefree youth. America’s teens are every bit as stressed out as the adults around them..” -Jonel Aleccia

“What if the cure to cancer was trapped in someone who couldn’t afford college”

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“Education is about inspiring ones mind, not just filling their head” -Suli Breaks

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“All in saying is that if there was a family tree, hard work and education would be related, but school would probably be a distant cousin”

“For most of American history, parents could expect that their children would, on average, be much better educated than they were. But that is no longer true. This development has serious consequences for the economy.” -Robert J. Gordon, The Great Stagnation of American Education

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“I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.” –John Taylor GattoDumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

“What’s gotten in the way of education in the United States is a theory of social engineering that says there is ONE RIGHT WAY to proceed with growing up.” John Taylor GattoDumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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“A computer mistake in grade-giving resulted in academic failure of several brilliant students. After some years the mistake was discovered. Letter was sent to each student inviting him to resume his studies. Each replied he was getting along very well without education.” -John Cage

“Children usually have a natural curiosity about the world and everything in it until they get to school and somebody throws them against the locker because they get A’s and act intelligent. After that, some kids try to dumb it down and adapt.” -Joshua Neik