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When I was twelve I was obsessed. Everything wa…

When I was twelve I was obsessed. Everything was sex. Latin was sex. The dictionary fell open at 'meretrix', a harlot. You could feel the mystery coming off the word like musk. 'Meretrix'! This was none of your mensa-a-table, this was a flash from a forbidden planet, and it was everywhere. History was sex, French was sex, art was sex, the Bible, poetry, penfriends, games, music, everything was sex except biology which was obviously sex but not really sex, not the one which was secret and ecstatic and wicked and a sacrament and all the things it was supposed to be but couldn't be at one and the same time - I got that in the boiler room and it turned out to be biology after all.

When I was twelve I was obsessed. Everything was sex. Latin was sex. The dictionary fell open at ‘meretrix’, a harlot. You could feel the mystery coming off the word like musk. ‘Meretrix’! This was…

Education is what drives our economy.

Education is what drives our economy.

Education is what drives our economy.

The experience of history exalts and enlarges t…

The experience of history exalts and enlarges the horizon of our intellectual view.

The experience of history exalts and enlarges the horizon of our intellectual view.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own…

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Nicholas Benedict did have an exceptional gift …

Nicholas Benedict did have an exceptional gift for knowing things (more exceptional, in fact, than most adults would have thought possible), and yet not even he could know that this next chapter was to be the most unusual-and most important-of his entire childhood. Indeed, the strange days that lay ahead would change him forever, though for now they had less substance than the mist through which he ran.

Nicholas Benedict did have an exceptional gift for knowing things (more exceptional, in fact, than most adults would have thought possible), and yet not even he could know that this next chapter was to be…

All situations in which the interrelationships …

All situations in which the interrelationships between extremes are involved are the most interesting and instructive.

All situations in which the interrelationships between extremes are involved are the most interesting and instructive.

What is the most important thing one learns in …

What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.

What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.

Man’s right to know, to learn, to inquire, to m…

Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word "freedom" should ever be more than an empty political slogan.

Man’s right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word “freedom” should ever be more than an empty political…

Education about gender and peace is important. …

Education about gender and peace is important. Educational strategies to promote peace must consider all relations of dominance.

Education about gender and peace is important. Educational strategies to promote peace must consider all relations of dominance.

Education is that component which brings in a m…

Education is that component which brings in a meaningful relationship between the happenings around us and how our senses experience them.

Education is that component which brings in a meaningful relationship between the happenings around us and how our senses experience them.

It’s basically to stop the expansion of uses fo…

It's basically to stop the expansion of uses for the education fund, the diversion of funds, to make sure the property tax doesn't end up paying for all sorts of stuff.

It’s basically to stop the expansion of uses for the education fund, the diversion of funds, to make sure the property tax doesn’t end up paying for all sorts of stuff.

Be in beta. Do things badly. Abandon perfection…

Be in beta. Do things badly. Abandon perfectionism. Following this advice can seem nearly impossible when pitted against our identity. But when we allow ourselves to go into the rapid iteration of trial and error, like a child learning to walk, the feel-good neurological response just may charm away the snake of a strangling ego.

Be in beta. Do things badly. Abandon perfectionism. Following this advice can seem nearly impossible when pitted against our identity. But when we allow ourselves to go into the rapid iteration of trial and error,…

Let failure be your workshop. See it for what i…

Let failure be your workshop. See it for what is is: the world walking you through a tough but necessary semester, free of tuition. (from Workbook)

Let failure be your workshop. See it for what is is: the world walking you through a tough but necessary semester, free of tuition. (from Workbook)

But a mountain of recent evidence suggests that…

But a mountain of recent evidence suggests that teacher skill has less influence on a student's performance than a completely different set of factors: namely, how much kids have learned from their parents, how hard they work at home, and whether the parents have instilled an appetite for education.

But a mountain of recent evidence suggests that teacher skill has less influence on a student’s performance than a completely different set of factors: namely, how much kids have learned from their parents, how hard…

It was built to give native students a place to…

It was built to give native students a place to receive their education in a culturally appropriate place. It acts as a bridge connecting the campus and the surrounding native community.

It was built to give native students a place to receive their education in a culturally appropriate place. It acts as a bridge connecting the campus and the surrounding native community.

Look beyond your marksheet; life is much bigger…

Look beyond your marksheet; life is much bigger.

Look beyond your marksheet; life is much bigger.

Our task is to build cultural fortresses to pro…

Our task is to build cultural fortresses to protect our emerging nativeness. They must be strong enough to hold at bay the powers of consumerism, the powers of greed and envy and pride. One of the most effective ways for this to come about would be for our universities to assume the awesome responsibility to both validate and educate those who want to be homecomers -- not necessarily to go home but to go someplace and dig in and begin the long search and experiment to become native.

Our task is to build cultural fortresses to protect our emerging nativeness. They must be strong enough to hold at bay the powers of consumerism, the powers of greed and envy and pride. One of…

Attitude is more important than the past, than …

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

The mind once enlightened cannot again become d…

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

This is a major new initiative of the president…

This is a major new initiative of the president. It is a major initiative of the Department of Education.

This is a major new initiative of the president. It is a major initiative of the Department of Education.

For if you suffer your people to be ill-educate…

For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.

For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is…

She got on with her education. In her opinion, …

She got on with her education. In her opinion, school kept on trying to interfere with it.

She got on with her education. In her opinion, school kept on trying to interfere with it.

Getting an education was a bit like a communica…

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.

We have to start from the ground up and reconsi…

We have to start from the ground up and reconsider what education is. In my language, I'd like to see us educate the soul, and not just the mind. The result would be a person who could be in the world creatively, make good friendships, live in a place he loved, do work that is rewarding, and make a contribution to the community. People say that the word "educate" means to "draw out" a person's potential. But I like the "duc" - part in the middle of it. To be educated is to become a duke, a leader, a person of stature and color, a presence and a character.

We have to start from the ground up and reconsider what education is. In my language, I’d like to see us educate the soul, and not just the mind. The result would be a person…

An eternal question about children is, how shou…

An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected.

An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom,…

To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educ…

To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educational opportunity is like confusing organized religion with spirituality. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new.

To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educational opportunity is like confusing organized religion with spirituality. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with…

Progress just means bad things happen faster.

Progress just means bad things happen faster.

Progress just means bad things happen faster.

Internal democracy in schools is as important i…

Internal democracy in schools is as important in order to ensure the true democratization of education.

Internal democracy in schools is as important in order to ensure the true democratization of education.

The “democratization of education” is everyone’…

The "democratization of education" is everyone's fight, everyone's right.

The “democratization of education” is everyone’s fight, everyone’s right.

We won’t let poverty kill educational access & …

We won't let poverty kill educational access & opportunities. We'll kill poverty through education.

We won’t let poverty kill educational access & opportunities. We’ll kill poverty through education.

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