Archive for November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Education Quotes

I only made it to one of the three places I was invited to tonight for a Thanksgiving meal.  The first place was problematic enough to find in the dark, the second was a dinner scheduled much later and I’d never been to it before, making it even more difficult to find. So I opted to stay put and play fun games with about 12 other people. The third place we go to often, I just found out from the host they had 41 people packed into their spacious flat so they did NOT need even more Americans.  I’m thankful for friends here in Astana, Kazakhstan.

I need to share what I learned in class from my students today.  There is a Kazakh saying but I think it applies to ALL of Asia about child rearing.  Children from ages 0-7 are spoiled and can get away with anything they want, but from 7-14 they are treated like a slave, from 14 to adulthood they are treated with respect as if an adult.  So that may explain some of the behavior of teachers towards their young charges in school settings.

I haven’t checked out by googling the following quotes like I usually do, I’m tired and ready to go to bed. There’s work to be done tomorrow. I’ll have more education quotes to share. I thought these were interesting.

“If you want to achieve something with all your heart, the whole universe will help you to accomplish it.”  “The Alchemist” Paulo Coelho

K. Stanislavskiy “Theatre begins from the cloak room.” I’d like to say that democracy begins from education.

“Education is a companion which no future can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate it and no nepotism can enslave.”

Thomas Carlyle “Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.”

Walt Disney “If you have a dream, you can do it.”

“We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosopher who says that only the educated are free.” Epictetus

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