Quotations About / On: SCHOOL

  • 71.
    One of the things I've discovered in general about raising kids is that they really don't give a damn if you walked five miles to school. They want to deal with what's happening now.
    (Patty Duke (20th century), U.S. actoress. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
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  • 72.
    Only Socrates knew, after a lifetime of unceasing labor, that he was ignorant. Now every high-school student knows that. How did it become so easy?
    (Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. The Closing of the American Mind, introduction (1987).)
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  • 73.
    You know, he wanted to shoot the Royal Family, abolish marriage, and put everybody who'd been to public school in a chain gang. Yeah, he was a idealist, your dad was.
    (David Mercer, British screenwriter, and Karel Reisz. Mrs. Dell (Irene Handl), Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, to her son, Morgan (David Warner).)
  • 74.
    It's a rare parent who can see his or her child clearly and objectively. At a school board meeting I attended . . . the only definition of a gifted child on which everyone in the audience could agree was "mine."
    (Jane Adams (20th century), U.S. author and lecturer. I'm Still Your Mother, ch. 4 (1994).)
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  • 75.
    The academic expectations for a child just beginning school are minimal. You want your child to come to preschool feeling happy, reasonably secure, and eager to explore and learn.
    (Bettye M. Caldwell (20th century), U.S. professor, child development. "What Every Preschooler Needs to Know," Child (June-July 1992).)
  • 76.
    ... it is the desert's grimness, its stillness and isolation, that bring us back to love. Here we discover the paradox of the contemplative life, that the desert of solitude can be the school where we learn to love others.
    (Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 20 (1993). Norris lived in rural Lemmon, South Dakota, a town of 1,600 people.)
  • 77.
    I would urge that the yeast of education is the idea of excellence, and the idea of excellence comprises as many forms as there are individuals, each of whom develops his own image of excellence. The school must have as one of its principal functions the nurturing of images of excellence.
    (Jerome S. Bruner (20th century), U.S. psychologist and educator. "After John Dewey, What?" Bank Street College of Education Publication (March 1961).)
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  • 78.
    I had my good looks, my blond hair, my height, build, and bullfighting school, I suppose I became one of the Village equivalents of an Eagle Scout badge for the girls. I was one of the credits needed for a diploma in the sexual humanities.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Sergius O'Shaugnessy, in "The Time of Her Time," Advertisements for Myself, p. 485, Putnam's (1959).)
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  • 79.
    The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion—these are the most valuable coin of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.
    (Jerome S. Bruner (b. 1915), U.S. psychologist. The Process of Education (1960).)
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  • 80.
    You had to have seen the corpses lying there in front of the school—the men with their caps covering their faces—to know the meaning of class hatred and the spirit of revenge.
    (Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "First Glance Back," 1928, Autobiographical Writings, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1986). On the government's bloody suppression of a workers' uprising in Berlin, March 1919.)
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