Quotes: Education

(what happens after graduation from school, college, or other institution)

1. The imparting and acquiring of knowledge through teaching and learning; especially, at a school or similar institution.
2. The system of educating people in a community or society.
After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn?
—Peter Ustinov, in Dear Me; 1977.
educational (adjective), more educational, most educational
1. Pertaining to the transfer of knowledge, instruction, or information to others: In school, the students watched an educational film on German traditions.
2. Relating to something that teaches and from which learning is possible: Mr. Smart received some new educational books for instructing his students in English.
3. Relating to or concerned with education: The educational value of going on a field trip to the zoo was disputed among the members of the staff.
4. Referring to the process of giving knowledge, instruction, or information: In the procedure of teaching, educational devices and material, like overhead projectors and tranparancies, were used a lot in teaching languages.


Teaching Math Through the Decades

Teaching Math in 1950:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.
What is his profit?

Teaching Math in 1960:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80.
What is his profit?

Teaching Math in 1970:
A logger exchanges a set “L” of lumber for a set “M” of money.
The cardinality of set “M” is 100.
Each element is worth one dollar.
Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set “M”.
The set “C,” the cost of production, contains 20 fewer points than set “M”.
Represent the set “C” as a subset of set“M”.
Answer this question:
What is the cardinality of the set “P” of profits?

Teaching Math in 1980:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20.
Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math in 1990:
By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20.
What do you think of this way of making a living?
Topic for class participation after answering the question:
How did the forest birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down the trees?
There are no wrong answers.

Teaching Math in 2000:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
His cost of production is $120.
How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60?

Teaching Math in 2005:
El hachero vende un camion carga por $100.
La cuesta de produccion es.............

—Contributed with original source unknown.

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
—Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895)

Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly dual objectives: education for living and educating for making a living.
—James Mason Wood

We learn from statisticians that the average school child by the time he reaches 12th grade has spent 15,000 hours watching television, which is about as much time as he spends sleeping, and often the two activities are indistinguishable. One-third of manufacturing companies are said to need to begin their training of their freshly employed by teaching them to read and write.
—William F. Buckley, Universal Press syndicate

You know there is a problem with the [U.S.] education system when you realize that out of the 3 R’s only one begins with an “R”.
—Dennis Miller

Education often presents occasions where one’s bottom is numbed in hopes of benefiting one’s head.

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