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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
― Nelson Mandel

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” 
― Walter Cronkite

“And whether or not the educators who are trying to raise up America’s students can actually set and meet higher academic standards, our cultural values make their job next to impossible. It’s so much easier for pundits and politicians to point out figures and blame the people who are in the trenches every day than it is to get in there with them, or even to find out what actually goes on in those trenches. It’s so much easier for parents to blame teachers when their kids get in trouble than to do the heavy lifting required at home to keep kids on track. And it’s so much easier for us as a nation to cross our fingers and hope that we’ll “get lucky” with the innovative “solutions” being tested on America’s schools today than it is for us to roll up our sleeves and invest our own time, talent, and money in the schools that are even now– with or without us– shaping our nation’s future.” 
― Tony DanzaI’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” 
― Margaret Mead

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 
― Aristotle

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
own.” 
― Nikos Kazantzakis

“Testing is not a substitute for curriculum and instruction. Good education cannot be achieved by a strategy of testing children, shaming educators, and closing schools.” 
― Diane RavitchThe Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

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