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More Education Quotes (Part II)

What’s there to learn and know about a neighboring country to Kazakhstan?  In Uzbekistan the majority of the population is in the 30 years old and under category at 64%. While the people who are 55 years and older are only 11% and the middle of this sandwich is 25% of the 30-55 year olds.  Uzbekistan is a young society so education would naturally be important to everyone.

An Uzbek proverb could work against an EFL teacher’s desire to successfully teach listening classes : “It is better to see once than hear 1,000 times.” When I googled this, it came up as only “100 times” and it was also considered a Korean saying. Okay, whatever.

Can’t get away from the mighty professor John Dewey when writing about education.  Dewey was prolific and when you write a lot, you are bound to have some good, pithy sayings that are quotable.  Kind of like a photographer becomes known as very good simply because he or she just takes many, many photos.  Here’s what Dewey had written: “Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”

That is similar to Dr. John G. Hibben’s who wrote in his 1911 book “A Defense of Prejudice” the following quote: “Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.” Did Hibbens and Dewey know each other?  More education quotes from other sources later.  Food for thought.

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