Famous Quotes By William Glasser


  1. As long as acquiring knowledge is the educational goal of schools, educational opportunities will be limited, as they are now, to affluent families.
  2. Caring for but never trying to own may be a further way to define friendship.
  3. Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced.
  4. I think education is both using and improving knowledge and that changes the whole picture.
  5. I think it is totally wrong and terribly harmful if education is defined as acquiring knowledge.
  6. If we had in this room a hundred teachers, good teachers from good schools, and asked them to define the word education, there would be very little general agreement.
  7. If you improve education by teaching for competence, eliminating schooling, and connecting with students, the test scores will improve.
  8. If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.
  9. In a Glasser Quality School there is no such thing as a closed book test. Students are told to get out their notes and open their books. There is no such thing as being forbidden to ask the teacher or another student for help.
  10. Since there will be no one left to talk peace after the next war, it makes good sense to break with tradition and hold the peace conference first.
  11. This is at the heart of all good education, where the teacher asks students to think and engages them in encouraging dialogues, constantly checking for understanding and growth.
  12. To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.
  13. We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.
  14. We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't relate by talking to a group of friendly students, he'll never be a competent teacher.
  15. We don't focus as much in schools on educational knowledge which requires thinking and application, as we do on acquiring facts.
  16. What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now.
  17. What students lack in school is an intellectual relationship or conversation with the teacher.
  18. You can acquire a lot of knowledge without ever going to school.

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