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Justin Chando By Justin Chando • December 16, 2014

Top 10 Quotes on Education from 2014

What a year it's been in education. As we approach the end of 2014 we have the opportunity to reflect on everything that's happened in education. We've put together some of the top meaningful quotes from education thought leaders and public figures.

1. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate

It is not time to tell the leaders to realize how important education is - they already know it - their own children are in good schools. Now it is time to call them to take action.” (Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2014)


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2. Bill Gates 

“So, if we’re really serious about all lives having equal value, we need to make sure that the higher education system, both access, completion, and excellence, are getting the attention they need.” (National Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Meeting, July 21, 2014



3. Margaret Spellings (Secretary of Education 2005-09)

For many Americans, this revolution will mean home schooling. For others, it will mean accessing coursework online at any time. For all students, this will mean more individualized learning.” (Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2014)margaret-spellings-education

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4. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 

“Every child – every student -- deserves an education that will prepare her for the future. And more and more, success in the real world won’t be just about what you know, but what you can do with what you know. It will be about your ability to make connections among ideas, to communicate them, and to be able to work in diverse groups to create, to analyze, and to find solutions to complex problems. It will be about a child’s ability to understand technology not as an end in itself, but as a tool for a task. Yes, knowledge matters, but not in a vacuum. It has to be connected with inquiry and problem solving.” (June 20, 2014, National PTA Convention


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5. Susan Cain (Author of Quiet)

“I’d like to challenge teachers to rethink what they mean by class participation and start thinking of it as classroom engagement instead. Participation ends up rewarding quantity, so you get kids raising their hands for the sake of talking, and that’s not really in anybody’s interest. But engagement recognizes that there are a lot of different ways to engage with the material and with your peers. If you think more broadly about it, a student who’s a good listener or who gives one really great, reflective comment is just as valued as the one who’s always raising their hand.” (TED interview, September 2, 2014)


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6. Liz Coleman, President, Bennington College

“We can also think about adult education as a place to create an activist citizenry. There are schools all over this country and they usually don’t have things going on at night. How can we organize a way for adults to talk to each other about things of common concern? We’re very good at having people talk to each other about things that matter — when we do it. That would be a more systemic approach — not just the university, but how we can use education and the classroom across the board to improve society.”(February 12, 2014 interview follow-up from 2009 TED talk)


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7. Katie Brown - 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year

“It’s amazing how sophisticated instruction is. A teacher has to think through each student’s moves, predict what their brains will do with everything you say. It’s like you’re conducting an orchestra. When you get kids working in concert with each other, there’s no better feeling in the world.” (August 18, 2014 on Gates Notes)katie-brown-teacher-on-education

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8. Mike Lee, US Senator, Utah

“Groups of professors could strike out on their own, forming new business models, like medical practices. They could offer high-quality higher education for a fraction of the cost of four years at a traditional university.” (February 10, 2014)


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9. Matthew Hancock, UK Skills Minister

“One side of teaching is essentially pastoral: mentoring pupils, keeping them on good behaviour, instilling values - nurturing a sense of possibility about life.  But there’s another side to the job. Late nights marking. Early mornings lesson planning - paperwork, and the administration of education.  Technology can help with the drudge - allowing teachers to focus on inspiration.” (January 24, 2014)


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10. Jamie P. Merisotis, President, Lumina Foundation

 “We must reject the notion that some students are expendable … that their failure can somehow be tolerated. This sense of shared responsibility for student success—of mutual accountability by everyone involved, including students, educators, the state, and employers ― is vital. This also means, importantly, that we must focus on high outcomes for all students, not just the ones most likely to prosper because of prior academic experience, geography, demography, or other factors.” (January 29, 2014, Oregon Higher Education Symposium)



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