... 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.)
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).)
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).)
The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusionthese 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).)
You had to have seen the corpses lying there in front of the schoolthe men with their caps covering their facesto 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.)
Mighty few young black women are doin' domestic work. And I'm glad. That's why I want my kids to go to school. This one lady told me, "All you people are gettin' like that." I said, "I'm glad." There's no more gettin' on their knees.
(Maggie Holmes, African American domestic worker. As quoted in Working, book 3, by Studs Terkel (1973).
Raised poor, uneducated, Holmes had been a domestic all her life.)
The term preschooler signals another change in our expectations of children. While toddler refers to physical development, preschooler refers to a social and intellectual activity: going to school. That shift in emphasis is tremendously important, for it is at this age that we think of children as social creatures who can begin to solve problems.
(Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Toddlers and Preschoolers, introduction (1994).)
[How] the young . . . can grow from the primitive to the civilized, from emotional anarchy to the disciplined freedom of maturity without losing the joy of spontaneity and the peace of self-honesty is a problem of education that no school and no culture have ever solved.
(Leontine Young (20th century), U.S. social worker and author. Life Among the Giants, ch. 1 (1965).)