A strenuous effort must be made to train young people to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives.
We are bothered a good deal by people who assume the responsibility of the world when God is neglectful.
I need a teacher quite as much as Helen. I know the education of this child will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it.
The Great War proved how confused the world is. Depression is proving it again.
The immediate future is going to be tragic for all of us unless we find a way of making the vast educational resources of this country serve the true purpose of education, truth and justice.
We are afraid of ideas, of experimenting, of change. We shrink from thinking a problem through to a logical conclusion.
Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.
No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination.
The wrong things are predominantly stressed in the schools - things remote from the student's experience and need.
Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy.
It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind; this privilege is mine.
We have no firm hold on any knowledge or philosophy that can lift us out of our difficulties.
I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise, I am not perplexed or doubtful. I know how to meet them.