"What’s gotten in the way of education in the United States is a theory of social engineering that says there is ONE RIGHT WAY to proceed with growing up." ~ John Taylor Gatto

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein

"Education is no substitute for Intelligence." ~ Mentat Coda

“One problem with the way the educational system is set up is that it only recognizes a certain type of intelligence, and it’s incredibly restrictive - very, very restrictive. There’s so many types of intelligence, and people who would be at their best outside of that structure get lost.” ~ Bruce Springsteen [Singer-songwriter]

“The problem with smart people is that they like to be right and sometimes will defend ideas to the death rather than admit they’re wrong… Until they come face to face with someone who is tenacious enough to dissect their logic, and resilient enough to endure the thinly veiled intellectual abuse they dish out during debate, they’re never forced to question their ability to defend bad ideas.” ~ Scott Berkun

“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“Never confuse education with intelligence, you can have a PhD and still be an idiot.” ~ Richard P. Feynman

"I hate when people confuse education with intelligence. You can have a bachelor’s degree and still be an idiot.” ~ Elon Musk

“Creative work and critical thought, which produces new knowledge, can’t be conditioned; indeed, conditioning prevents these things from ever happening.” ~ John Taylor Gatto

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” ~ George Evans

"The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning but by understanding what we learn." ~ Joseph Whitney

“To be yourself requires extraordinary intelligence. You are blessed with that intelligence; nobody need give it to you; nobody can take it away from you. He who lets that express itself in its own way is a “Natural Man”.” ~ U.G. Krishnamurti, [The Mystique of Enlightenment: The Radical Ideas of U.G. Krishnamurti]

“Ordinary people send their children to school to get smart, but what modern schooling teaches is dumbness.” ~ John Taylor Gatto, [The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling]

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


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