10 Thought-Provoking Quotes On School and Self-Education

Everyone knows those inspirational posters that you see in doctor’s offices, schools and libraries that encourage you to be curious, challenge yourself and read more. Well, San Francisco-based teacher Peter Castro has taken them to the next level as a tool to question our assumptions about what constitutes education.

Remarkably, studies are now revealing that over 80% of learning is informal and outside of the classroom. This means that curiosity, passion and self-education are the key factors that determine a person’s education and lifelong success. Clearly, there needs to be more integration of classroom learning with people’s unique talents and with the real world that exists beyond the walls of bureaucratic institutions.

I think these thought-provoking quotes really illustrate some interesting perspectives on self-education, school and the ultimate goal of education, which is to teach people to think for themselves.

Self-Education Quotes:

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. - Tom Bodett

1. The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett

 

My content is that creativity now is as important in educaiton as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. - Sir Ken Robinson

2. My content is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. – Sir Ken Robinson

 

3. “What century will your students enter on the first day of school?”

 

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. - Joseph Brodsky

4.There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

 

You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety - Abraham Maslow

5. You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety – Abraham Maslow

 

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein

6. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein

 

Can the system of schooling designed to process groups of students in standardized ways in a monolithic instructional mode be adapted to handle differences in the way individual brains are wired for learning?

7. Can the system of schooling designed to process groups of students in standardized ways in a monolithic instructional mode be adapted to handle differences in the way individual brains are wired for learning. – Christensen, Horn, and Johnson, in Disrupting Class

 

Set Goals by Bruce Lee

8. “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee

 

Imagination and Reality by James Cameron

9. “Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality.” – James Cameron, TED 2010

 

Take Risk In Life

10. The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all. – Jawaharlal Nehru

I hope you enjoyed these self-education quotes as much as I did. With school systems in constant reform around the world to meet the needs of the new economy, I hope these graphics can inspire both teachers and citizens alike to challenge the status quo and demand an education system that better serves the needs of everyone.

All images remixed by Eric Castro. Licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 2.0

Kyle Pearce

I created DIY Genius to help people develop digital skills and the entrepreneurial mindset to navigate the turbulence and opportunity of the 21st century. I also teach courses in mindfulness training that give people the tools they need to develop their focus, creativity and self-motivation.

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1 Comments
  1. Sarah
    March 9, 2014 at 12:39
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    These quotes are really inspirational. They are really good and everyone can learn from them

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