"The central task of education is to implant a will and facility
for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people.
The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents,
parents, and children are students together."
Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
This is the most romantic idea of education ever written. This educational goal would produce not indoctrinated followers but free thinking leaders that always aspire to learn more and improve further. Such a society could overcome any obstacle, the sky is truly the limit. To produce a learning people - lifetime students - should be the ultimate goal of any educational system, anywhere in the world.
 -- Publius     
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    What a beautiful quotation--one of the best. However, in order to learn, we must first become humble. A learnING populace would be more alive, more varied, and more difficult to collectively manipulate. Only our individual arrogance, spawned by insecurity, stands in our way. Once we each learn to accept ourselves, humility and learning will follow!
     -- Byron, Fort Collins, CO     
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    The central task of education should be to teach people to think, something our public schools do not do.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    If only this ideal could be realized then every human being would experience unblemished respect from each other. It is then we would be able to proclaim to the heavens our songs of freedom. Michael A. Church
     -- Michael A. Church, Grenada     
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     -- Waffler, Smith      
    Got to keep learning.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The quote identifies but one reason why theocratic seminaries (government schools) so detest and are extremely antagonistic to home schooling.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    It is in the etymology of the word education that the essence of the true character of education is revealed.

    Education is derived from the Latin educare, the actual definition of which is: to lead out, to educe.

    Most sublimely, education is constituted not of the inculcation of philosophies of education and of knowledge but of the conscientious cultivation, in actuality the eduction, of each individual's native interests and constitutional, Creator imparted, faculty for learning.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Now that I can agree and give five stars - learning is all about learning... not just passing tests.... that is why an holistic education is so important....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in America     
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