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Thursday, April 14, 2016

15 Wonderful Quotes to Empower Educators

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According to Stanford economist Eric Hanushek, teachers have more influence over a child's success than the curriculum or class size. Good teachers increase a child's chances of going to college, decrease the incidence of teen pregnancies, and can even influence a child's future income, according to The New York Times. I know my girls and their needs well, and I appreciate teachers who care about them, invest in them, and connect with them, so if you're a teacher, thank you for your hard work and dedication. May these 15 inspirational quotes empower and encourage you as you work hard on behalf of kids every day.

  1. "A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." (Ever Garrison, author and teacher)
  2. "Education is not filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." (William Butler Yeats, Nobel Prize-winning author and poet)
  3. "The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." (B.B. King, blues musician)
  4. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." (Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist)
  5. "Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults." (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States)
  6. "Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." (Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medal gymnast)
  7. "The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go." (Dr. Seuss, writer and illustrator)
  8. "What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge and not knowledge in pursuit of the child." (George Bernard Shaw, playwright)
  9. "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education." (Martin Luther King Jr., minister, humanitarian, and civil rights leader)
  10. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela, politician, anti-apartheid revolutionary, and philanthropist)
  11. "I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think." (Socrates, one of the founders of Western philosophy)
  12. "Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace." (Confucius, Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher)
  13. " A child mis-educated is a child lost." (John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States)
  14. "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." (John Dewey, philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer)
  15. "If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." (Chinese proverb)

Teachers matter! I know that I'm grateful for the teachers in my kids' lives who inspire them to think creatively, encourage them to use their imaginations, and push them to do their best in all of their subjects. If you're a teacher, think about these quotes often to help you stay empowered, inspired, and encouraged while you do the important work you do!

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