— John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952
This is a paraphrase of an idea that Dewey expressed using other words in My Pedagogic Creed (1897) and Democracy and Education (1916); it is widely misattributed to Dewey as a quotation.
Cf. James William Norman, A Comparison of Tendencies in Secondary Education in England and the United States (New York: Teachers College, Columbia University, 1922), [//books.google.com/books?id=qrmgAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA140 p. 140] (emphasis added): "...there has for years been a strong and growing tendency in the United States under the leadership of Dewey, and more recently of Kilpatrick, to find an educational method correlative of democracy in society with the belief that education is life itself rather than a mere preparation for life, and that practice in democratic living is the best preparation for democracy."
Variant: Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself.
— Ron English American artist 1959
— Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
„To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.“
— Maria Montessori Italian pedagogue, philosopher and physician 1870 - 1952
Source: The Discovery of the Child (1948), Ch. 8 : The Exercises, p. 141
This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop.
Context: This is our mission: to cast a ray of light and pass on. I compare the effects of these first lessons the impressions of a solitary wanderer who is walking serene and happy in a shady grove, meditating; that is leaving his inner thought free to wander. Suddenly a church bell pealing out nearby recalls to himself; then he feels more keenly that peaceful bliss which had already been born, though dormant, within him.
To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.
For such a delicate mission great art is required to suggest the right moment and to limit intervention, last one should disturb or lead astray rather than help the soul which is coming to life and which will live by virtue of it's own efforts.
This art must accompany the scientific method, because the simplicity of our lessons bears a great resemblance to experiments in experimental psychology.
— James P. Carse American academic
Source: Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC
„There are two types of education: education for livelihood and education for life. When we study in college, it helps us to get a job so that we can earn a living. We can become a doctor, a scientist, an engineer or whatever we want. We may go on to attain wealth, possession and fame. All of this comes from education for livelihood. But this alone will never make our life full and complete. Education is not only to help us live a comfortable life of plenty. When our plans fall apart, when we face failure and loss, when we are knocked down, education should help us get back on our feet. Education should help us regain our mental equipoise, self-confidence and positive attitude, so that we can continue forward. This is why education for life is as important as education for livelihood. Education for life is spirituality.“
— Mata Amritanandamayi Hindu spiritual leader and guru 1953
„The essence of education is that it be religious. Pray, what is religious education? A religious education is an education which inculcates duty and reverence.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
1920s, The Aims of Education (1929)
Context: The essence of education is that it be religious. Pray, what is religious education? A religious education is an education which inculcates duty and reverence. Duty arises from our potential control over the course of events. Where attainable knowledge could have changed the issue, ignorance has the guilt of vice. And the foundation of reverence is this perception, that the present holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time, which is eternity.
— Brigham Young Latter Day Saint movement leader 1801 - 1877
„Education is perceived as a crucial instrument for increasing productivity and income, skills, competency of human resources, and sustainable growth. In the end, education helps reduce social problems, and improves quality of life so that people can live equally with others in society.“
— Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935
Education helps reduce social problems and improves quality of life
Source: Motivation and Personality (1954), p. 255.
„The scientists and technologists must keep in mind social welfare. Education thus should develop the totality of the child. Indian education is lacking in the following major drawbacks.
(1) Indian education has been like stagnant water for quite some time.
(2)Indian education ignores new ideas and fresh thinking in educational matters.“
— Zakir Hussain (politician) 3rd President of India 1897 - 1969
Source: Philosophy of Education, p. 86.
— Malala Yousafzai Pakistani children's education activist 1997
Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (December 10, 2014)
— Jawaharlal Nehru Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister of India 1889 - 1964
Quotations by 60 Greatest Indians, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology http://resourcecentre.daiict.ac.in/eresources/iresources/quotations.html,
„To achieve this, we have to distinctively promote continuing and lifelong education, the form of education which is responsive to individual needs and preferences. With educational facilities and a variety of educational programs available, people can make use of the learning centre as a place to acquire technical skills or knowledge adaptive to their work and daily life activities.“
— Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935
Education for All People and Education for Life