Quotations to Inspire Transformation
What slogans have inspired us? What quotes have stuck in our collective consciousness? What moved a nation or a Congress to change direction? That's what we hope to provide parents, students, teachers, directors and anyone who cares about schools. More
Do you remember what Winston Churchill said? Or the words of Abraham Lincoln? How about Gandhi?
Each of these quotes came during times when a shift in opinion was needed to support reform or a change in policy.
Among teachers and administrators, there are some quotations that serve as proverbs -- wisdom to guide our behavior:
“Students might forget what we taught them, but they will always remember how we treated them.”
“We are looking for a guide on the side, not a sage on the stage.”
“I never let school get in the way of my education.” Mark Twain
“We don't need no thought control.” Pink Floyd
In this small book you will find quotations that, if taken to heart, could transform schools. These quotes could inspire more enlightened procedures. Some of these statements come from books by educational pioneers like Dennis Littky, Howard Gardner and Thomas Hoerr.
We encourage you to do further reading. At the end of the book, there is a list of links to youtube videos and websites from which some of the quotes were excerpted.
Comments about each quote are intended to guide you toward implementing reforms. If you are a parent, you have the “power of one.” One parent can direct as much as $5,000 away from a school that has not changed. One parent can shift that money to a school that is a “school of the future.”
This book could inspire thousands of parents to make the switch. We hope you will be one of those pioneering parents who invest in a school of the future.