Stephen Brookfield quotes

  • The best learners... often make the worst teachers. They are, in a very real sense, perceptually challenged. They cannot imagine what it must be like to struggle to learn something that comes so naturally to them.
    -- Stephen Brookfield

    #Teacher #Real #Struggle

  • We teach what we like to learn and the reason many people go into teaching is vicariously to reexperience the primary joy experienced the first time they learned something they loved.
    -- Stephen Brookfield

    #Teaching #People #Joy

  • The most important knowledge teachers need to do good work is a knowledge of how students are experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher's actions.
    -- Stephen Brookfield

    #Teacher #Important #Needs

  • Sometimes the last thing learners need is for their preferred learning style to be affirmed. Agreeing to let people learn only in a way that feels comfortable and familiar can restrict seriously their chance for development.
    -- Stephen Brookfield

    #Learning #People #Style

  • I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.

  • My dad is a chemical engineer, and my mom was a teacher. They were pretty serious about education, but I always thought about things a little bit differently.

  • Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. . . . Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense." --Sam Seaborne, West Wing

  • I had an acting teacher tell me once that if you're playing a car salesman, you don't want to be an OK car salesman, you want to play the best car salesman.

  • Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.

  • When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.

  • The whole bible is the working out of the relationship between God and man. God is not a dictator barking out orders and demanding silent obedience. Were it so, there would be no relationship at all. No real relationship goes just one way. There are always two active parties. We must have reverence and awe for God, and honor for the chain of tradition. But that doesn't mean we can't use new information to help us read the holy texts in new ways.

  • Educational enterprises do not for any length of time remain immune from the struggle of interests for power which is the dominant feature of social life under a class system.

  • The real struggle for us is for the citizen to cease to be the property of the state.

  • Man has become great through struggle