Thursday, June 13, 2013

And We Wonder Why We're In This Mess? Interesting Education Quotes

Is This Why We Need Universal Preschool?

Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well – by creating the international child of the future.” 

- Dr. Chester M Pierce, Harvard Professor of Education and Psychiatry, to the Association for Childhood Education International

And remember Bloom's Taxonomy from college?

“...a student attains ‘higher order thinking’ when he no longer believes in right or wrong. A large part of what we call good teaching is a teacher’s ability to obtain affective objectives by challenging the student’s fixed beliefs... a large part of what we call teaching is that the teacher should be able to use education to reorganize a child’s thoughts, attitudes, and feelings.”
- Benjamin Bloom, Psychologist and Educator Famous for his Hierarchy of Learning

Here are some good ones from an education researcher and theorist who has published influential models for renewing schools and teacher education [Source: Wikipedia]...

Most youth still hold the same values of their parents... if we do not alter this pattern, if we don’t resocialize, our system will decay.”

Public education has served as a check on the power of parents, and this is another powerful reason for maintaining it.

- John Goodlad, Disciple of Dewey, Father of Constructivism

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