Michael Gove quotes

  • The single most important thing in a child's performance is the quality of the teacher. Making sure a child spends the maximum amount of time with inspirational teachers is the most important thing.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Children #Important

  • Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #Empathy #Culture

  • As long as there are people in education making excuses for failure, cursing future generations with a culture of low expectations, denying children access to the best that has been thought and written, because Nemo and the Mister Men are more relevant, the battle needs to be joined.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #Men #People

  • Adopting means opening your home, and heart, to a life you've never known. But there is nothing as richly rewarding as being an adoptive parent.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Mean #Home #Heart

  • Ever since going up to university, I have accumulated new debt, and new means of becoming indebted.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Mean #Becoming #Debt

  • I think more and more respect has been accorded to teachers, and quite rightly so.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Thinking

  • In this fallen world, I suspect we will never achieve perfection. But that won't stop me trying.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Perfection #Trying #World

  • Many more schools can be outstanding.
    -- Michael Gove

    #School #Outstanding

  • One of the problems we have is children are not in school long enough in the day and during the year.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #School #Years

  • Proper history teaching is being crushed under the weight of play-based pedagogy which infantilises children, teachers and our culture.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Children #Teaching

  • Teachers themselves know if there's a colleague who can't keep control or keep the interest of their class, it affects the whole school.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #School #Class

  • Children themselves know they are being cheated. Ultimately we owe it to our children. They are in school for 190 days a year. Every moment they spend learning is precious. If a year goes by and they are not being stretched and excited, that blights their life.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #School #Years

  • I love my parents in the way most children would: for having been there at every point in my youth and childhood, ready to pick me up when I fell and support me when I stumbled.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #Support #Childhood

  • I think it's appropriate that we simplify, clarify and strengthen, so instead of this nebulousness, we have clarity and authority invested in teachers once more.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Thinking #Clarity

  • For a few spotty years, I was that tragic geek
    -- Michael Gove

    #Years #Geek #Tragic

  • It's often the case that successful people invite criticism.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Successful #People #Criticism

  • The accumulation of cultural capital - the acquisition of knowledge - is the key to social mobility.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Keys #Mobility #Acquisition

  • I'm clear that we do need to improve what's happening in our schools.
    -- Michael Gove

    #School #Needs #Clear

  • Children in dysfunctional homes at risk of abuse are kept in danger for too long because politically correct rules mean we won't challenge unfit parents.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #Mean #Home

  • The big shift in approach on education that we are taking - which is different from what happened before - is that we trust teachers and we trust heads.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Different #Bigs

  • I'm a decentralizer. I believe in trusting professionals.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Believe #I Believe #I Believe In

  • It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Brain #Language #Cases

  • A coalition with Tories and Liberal Democrats together is a golden opportunity to create the sort of planning reform that means not only can we have more environmentally sensitive planning, but we can have more homes and more schools.
    -- Michael Gove

    #School #Mean #Home

  • I have a different starting premise from those 100 academics who are so heavily invested in the regime of low expectations and narrow horizons which they have created.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Expectations #Horizon #Different

  • It's critical that children spend time before they arrive in school in a warm, attractive and inclusive environment, where they can learn through play, master social skills and prepare for formal schooling.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Children #School #Play

  • One of the problems we've had is that the ICT curriculum in the past has been written for a subject that is changing all the time. I think that what we should have is computer science in the future - and how it fits in to the curriculum is something we need to be talking to scientists, to experts in coding and to young people about.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Past #Thinking #Talking

  • When I talk to teachers they tell me the things they'd most like from any government are a reduction in bureaucracy, support to help ensure good discipline and a reformed Ofsted.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Government #Discipline

  • The current leadership of the Labor party react to the idea that working-class students might study the subjects they studied with the same horror that the Earl of Grantham showed when a chauffeur wanted to marry his daughter.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Mother #Daughter #Party

  • You come home to find your 17-year-old daughter engrossed in a book. Which would delight you more - if it were 'Twilight' or 'Middlemarch?'
    -- Michael Gove

    #Mother #Daughter #Book

  • I notice that the number of cosmetic-surgery operations has risen by 34 per cent in the past year. Once we subtract Jordan, Jodie Marsh and Michael Jackson from those figures, we can see that demand overall may have stabilised.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Past #Years #Numbers

  • You know, you don't see hospital consultants going on strike, and I don't believe that teachers and headteachers should. It's within their rights, it's a civil right, but I think it is wrong in terms of the reputation of the profession.
    -- Michael Gove

    #Teacher #Believe #Thinking

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