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John Dewey said that education is not preparation for life, but life itself. This site is a place to discuss education and take note of the assaults, the allies, the events, the struggles of educating the human race.

Dewey also said:

“Education is not an affair of ‘telling’ and being told, but an active and constructive process.”

— John Dewey

While it’s very difficult for me to new situations and ways of doing things, in the classroom, I try not to keep that from changing my teaching from day-to-day or year-to-year. Dewey’s “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” is a bit cutesy or trite, but contains the truth; education is change and it is lifelong. That leads us then to this:

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

Nelson Mandela

It’s powerful indeed, and that’s why it’s perennially under assault.

Another pithy entry:

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

Confucius

The construction of that sentence shows how George Lucas stole it for his Star Wars formulation, which represents the opposite of Confucious’ hope:

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Yoda

Confidence or anger? Fear or hope? Peace or suffering? The choices are stark and the key is education. Without it, we get Yoda’s vision. With it, we get Confucious’. I’d personally rather have the latter, hence the effort to highlight education with this site.