Oct 23, 2010

Education in the 21st Century

The advent of the Internet allows people to engage in a lifelong pursuit of knowledge for example getting a Master's degree online or using the Internet to participate in dialogue and discussion with a community people would have never otherwise had access to. The Internet is also a place where great thoughts can be collected and distributed. To keep up with tradition, here is a collection of thoughts on the pursuit of knowledge. 

-        Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire (William Butler Yeats).
-        Principles for the development of a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Develop your senses — especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else (Leonardo Da Vinci.).
-        A man is well educated when he knows where to find what he doesn’t know (Georg Simmel).
-        All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price (Juvenal). 
-        In all affairs, it is a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted (Bertrand Russell).
-        The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder... Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world (Albert Einstein).
-        The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes (Marcel Proust).  
-        Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me (Sigmund Freud). 
-        Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties (Erich Fromm).
-        Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination (John Dewey).
-        Mistakes are the portals of discovery (James Joyce). 
-        It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows (Epictetus).
-        Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself (John Dewey).
-        Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants (John W. Gardner)
-        It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education (Albert Einstein).
-        Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself (Chinese Proverb)
-        The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him (Niccolò Machiavelli).