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MLK on the Purpose of Education: 8 Quotes

January 15th marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the great leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. As the quotes below illustrate, Dr. King promoted a traditional understanding of education in which students learn to think...

10 Quotes from Bertrand Russell on Education and Life

1. “Without effort and change, human life cannot remain good.”   2. “We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.”   3...

8 Quotes on Public Speaking for Tonight’s State of the Union Address

Every year about this time, the President of the United States makes his appearance at the lectern in the House of Representatives with great pomp and circumstance - and often great political theater. In light of this expected tableau, we’ve...

Penetrating Wisdom from Marcus Aurelius

1. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”   2. “Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”   3. “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more...

9 Timeless Strategies from Sun-tzu’s ‘Art of War’

Sun-tzu’s Art of War is a highly influential text from the 5th century B.C. Its lessons have been applied in both the East and West not only to war, but also to business, politics, law, sports, and even life. After all, as Plato reminds us in the...

8 Astute Comments from Aldous Huxley

1. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”   2. “There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.”   3. “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of...

Bestselling Books: 1915 vs. 2015

Below are Publishers Weekly’s lists of the bestselling books from 1915 and 2015. As you might notice, in 1915 the bestselling books all belonged to the fiction genre:   1915 Bestsellers 1. The Turmoil, Booth Tarkington 2. A Far...

10 Quotes from the Education System's Most Infamous Critic

John Taylor Gatto is one of the biggest critics of the modern education system. He’s also someone who knows it intimately, having been a public school teacher in New York City for 26 years. In 1991, after receiving the New York State Teacher of the...

8 Penetrating Quotes from Will Durant

1. “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”     2. “The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real...

5 Un-PC Quotes about Christmas from Past Presidents

If the backlash against various politically correct school Christmas programs is any indication, the general population may be growing weary of doing the PC dance. If such is the case, then the following quotes from five of America’s leaders should...

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