300 TEACHER QUOTES for TEACHER APPRECIATION

"Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach."- Aristotle



"If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you without hesitation: I was born to be a teacher."- Robert John Meehan



 “I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” - Dr. Haim Ginott

"Be a reflective teacher. Honestly look at what you do from time to time. Evaluate the purpose of your role as a teacher."- Robert John Meehan


"I choose to believe that teaching the least desired is the most noble choice of all."-Robert John Meehan


"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently." - Henry Ford


"Standardized Testing tells us as much about learning as Reality TV tells us about reality."- Robert John Meehan

"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding."-Robert John Meehan

 "If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly." - Buddhist proverb

"If your actions inspire children to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are indeed worthy of the title "Teacher." - Robert John Meehan

“It is what we are excited about that educates us.”-Mike Rose

"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile."- Sir Wilfred Grenfell

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Your career as a teacher is going to fill a large part of your life. The only way to be a truly satisfied teacher is to do it with passion and vigor."- Robert John Meehan

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."- Pericles

" Children are born addicted to learning. High-stakes assessments are drumming the love of learning out of kids."-Robert John Meehan


"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism"- Colleen Wilcox

"A good teacher must be able to empathize what it must be like to struggle to learn something that may have come so easily to them."- Robert John Meehan

"The greatest sign of a success for a teacher, is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."- Maria Montessori

 "Any genuine teaching will result, if successful, in someone's knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier."- John Dewey

"Chasing test scores is not the same as building and nurturing a culture of learning."-Robert John Meehan

"Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education."- Chuang-Tzu
                                                                           
"Shouldn't we be as concerned as to what the student thinks as we are to what pat answer he puts on a test?"-Robert John Meehan

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." - Horace Mann


"All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants."- John Gardner


"True educational change is only applicable when all stakeholders are actively involved in its creation."- Robert John Meehan

"The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn." -Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers."
--Josef Albers

"We should each day in the classroom teach as though that day is the one by which our students shall remember us."-Robert John Meehan

"The teachers who get "burned out" are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times."- Frank Smith

"The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." - Marva Collins


"A gifted teacher is not only prepared to meet the needs of today's child, but is also prepared to see the tomorrow in every child's eyes."-Robert John Meehan

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."- Albert Einstein”


"Whenever you hear a politician carry on about what a mess the schools are, be aware that you are looking at the culprit." -Molly Ivins


"Nothing that the political ed reformist mandate can match the results of a dedicated teacher in a supportive school environment."- Robert John Meehan

"I don't think you have to teach people how to be human. I think you have to teach them how to stop being inhumane."- Eldridge Cleaver

"Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is."- William Glasser

"Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach."-Aristotle

"If not us, who? If not now, when?"- John F Kennedy

 “More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given.”- Bertrand Russell

"One teacher with a desire to teach the least desired children is equal to a force of 100 ed reformers who have only an interest in them."-Robert John Meehan

 "Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary."- Warren G. Bennis


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"The answer lies in preventing failures not in looking for better ways to fix the children who are failing."-William Glasser,

"A key to growing as a teacher is to keep company only with teachers who uplift U, whose presence inspire U & whose dedication drives U."- Robert John Meehan


"Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three." --Confucius

"Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement."- Robert John Meehan


 "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

"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth."- John F. Kennedy

"I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others."- Booker T. Washington
                                                       
"A teacher needs to have the vision and conviction that dreams can and will be achieved."- Robert John Meehan

 "We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"A well prepared and engaging teacher is a catalyst... a spark that creates the desire to learn in our students."- Robert John Meehan

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." - Walt Streightiff

"To be a success in the classroom, a student's attitude is equally as important as his ability."- Robert John Meehan

"The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer." Alice Wellington Rollins

"Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment." - Thomas Carlyle

"Where your talents and the needs of your students meet there lies your calling as a teacher."- Robert John Meehan

"There are many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around & say 'watch me'."- Layne Beachley

"If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important."-Barbara Colorose
                                               
"If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old." - Lord Chesterfield

"Teach as if what you are doing makes a difference. It does."- Robert John Meehan

"All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent."- John F. Kennedy


"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."- Japanese Proverb

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." - Arthur Ashe

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle

"When we strive to become better teachers than we are, everyone in our classroom becomes better too."- Robert John Meehan
                                                                
"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."- Kahlil Gibran

"A saint is one who makes goodness attractive. Surely, a great teacher does the same thing for education."- Laurence Houseman

"It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop."- Robert John Meehan

"Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves."-Abbe Dimnet

"We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction."
- Malcom Gladwell

"Why else would a teacher take a crappy salary, really long hours and enduring stress to teach children unless they really loved to do it?"-Robert John Meehan

"Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance."-William James "Will" Durant    

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." -John Dewey

"Seldom will you find a person happy with their successes in life but who can't name a teacher that inspired them along the way." - Robert John Meehan

"Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards -- the things we live by and teach our children -- are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings." -Walt(er) Elias Disney

"The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others."- Tryon Edwards

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."- Kahlil Gibran

"One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community." - Albert Einstein
                                                        
"I'm willing to wager that not one of our students' dreams include being proficient on a standardized test."- Robert John Meehan

"No one but us ourselves-no one can and no one way. We ourselves must walk the path, teachers merely show the way."
- Nancy Wilson Ross

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." - Voltaire


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"Too many students don’t know what success feels like, thus failure is no longer scary or painful, it’s become the norm. Create a new norm."- Robert John Meehan

"No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value." Bertrand Russell

"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." - Ever Garrison

 "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

"We didn't go into teaching to get rich, but to enrich others."- Robert John Meehan

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein
                                                                   
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

"Teachers must create an environment for students where their past failures are irrelevant to the learning occurring in their classrooms."- Robert John Meehan

"May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility."- Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

"Facing a mirror you see merely your own countenance; facing your child you understand how everyone else has seen you."- Daniel Raeburn

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."- Abigail Adams

"A student's success in the classroom is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."- Robert John Meehan

"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."- Albert Einstein

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."- Japanese Proverb

"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning." - William Arthur Ward
                                                               
"The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." - Deepak Chopra

"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway." - Mary Kay Ash

"Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind." - Gandhi

"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."
- William Haley

"The purpose of education is to enlighten the student as to how to use their own mind, rather than to fill it with facts for a test."- Robert John Meehan


"If kids come to us  from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important."- Barbara Colorose

"The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province." -Albert Einstein

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." - Horace Mann

“Every day that you teach you have two options: be focused,  passionate and caring, or to be focused, passionate and caring.”- Robert John Meehan

"The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions."-    Bishop Creighton

"Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task."- Dr. Haim Ginott

"The road to freedom, here and everywhere, begins in the classroom."-Hubert H. Humphrey

"Perhaps Congress is teaching our children a lesson: do all of your work right before it's due, then demand a pat on the back and an A+."- Robert John Meehan

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
- Albert Einstein

"For these are all our children. We will profit by, or pay for, whatever they become."- James Baldwin

"For most of us teaching is not just what earns our paycheck. Teaching is what we were put on earth to do."- Robert John Meehan

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." -  John Cotton Dana

"The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Demanding that students test well in the absence of appropriate resources is disheartening for teachers and disastrous for students."- Robert John Meehan

"My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it as it is and why it exists as all."- Stephen Hawking

                                                        

"It appears that most recent "reform"efforts are aimed at de-humanizing education. The business model for education will eventually fail us."- Robert John Meehan

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin

"All it takes for evil to triumph in this world is for good men to do nothing"- Edmund Burke

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." -- Forest Witcraft

"We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit."-
Robert H. Shaffer

"The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."- Eric Hoffer

"Students and teachers do not exist just within a school, they exist within communities ... we also need to have community improvement plans"- Robert John Meehan

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."-Stephen Hawking

"What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches."-Karl Menninger


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"Perseverance is the hard work you do in the classroom after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."- Robert John Meehan
                                                         
"I am not a teacher, but an awakener"-Robert Frost

"Teaching is a journey... but one where it's good news when you lose your baggage."- Robert John Meehan

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." --Carl Rogers

"Think for a moment about the people who have inspired you most in your life. Chances are, one of them was a teacher."- Robert John Meehan

"What did you ask at school today?" - Richard Fenyman

"We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free." -  Epictetus

"Our achievements as teachers are shaped by the climate of our classrooms and the strength of our preparation."- Robert John Meehan


"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." -  Edward Morgan Forster

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't." -Anatole France

"The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else." -John W(illiam) Gardner

"Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building."-   A(ngelo) Bartlett Giamatti

"Teamwork is the fuel that allows common teachers to obtain uncommon results."-Robert John Meehan.

"Much that passes for education ... is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least." -David P(ierpont) Gardner

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards." - Anatole France

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi    

"True teachers illuminate the path to achievement, believing the best way to predict a child's future is to help create it."- Robert John Meehan


"Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"-Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Education begins at home. You can't blame the school for not putting into your child what you don't put into him." -    Geoffrey Holder
                                                                     
"True teachers rise to the top not by chance but through passion and purpose."- Robert John Meehan

“One mark of a great educator is the ability to lead students out to new places where even the educator has never been”- Thomas Groome

"Great schools are nurtured with the cooperation of many teachers with a common vision working toward a common goal of extraordinary student achievement."- Robert John Meehan

"The highest level of success in the classroom is only reached with a continuous commitment to excellence."- Robert John Meehan

"Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed."- Marva Collins

"Great classrooms are characterized by positive, open relationships, mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for the learning process"- Robert John Meehan.

"The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before." -    Elbert Hubbard


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"Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn."- George Bernard Shaw


"Teaching does not come from a political mandate...it comes from the hearts and souls of our caring teachers."- Robert John Meehan

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." -Victor Hugo

"The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values."-     William Ralph Inge

"A successful teacher can create a never ending legacy for generations to come."- Robert John Meehan
                                                                  
"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life." Plato

"The strength of our teaching lies in the depth of our convictions and the integrity of our goals."- Robert John Meehan

"Human beings are full of emotion, and the teacher who knows how to use it will have dedicated learners. It means sending dominant signals instead of submissive ones with your eyes, body and voice." -Leon Lessinger

"There is no challenge too great for a teacher who has the will and heart to make it happen."- Robert John Meehan

"Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know' and thou shalt progress." -  Moses Ben Maimon Maimonides  .

"The highest respect should go to those teachers who let their actions rise above other teachers' excuses."- Robert John Meehan

"Teaching requires risk, acceptance of uniqueness, rejection of any form of discrimination and requires a critical thought of its practices."-Robert John Meehan

"If a strong parent is lacking to demand excellence and instill them with a desire to get better in everything they do, then teachers must fill that role."- Robert John Meehan
                                                            
"Teachers are unique problem solvers by character, temperament, and resilience. Teachers can not be manufactured."- Robert John Meehan

"As teachers we believe that something must be done. We can’t just sit down and wait for other people to do something."- Robert John Meehan

"If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old." - Lord Chesterfield

"Children need to be challenged and pushed, not to the point where they give up but to the point where they think, "Wow, look at me go!"- Robert John Meehan

"What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation."-Marcus Tullius Cicero


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."- Aristotle

"Make sure that our methodology is not simply packaging old wine in new bottles. Teaching today requires a whole new vineyard."- Robert John Meehan

"If we are truly effective teachers, then we are creating autonomous, independent, and self directed learners"- Robert John Meehan.

"The teacher’s demonstrated attitude of respect and empathy can be a significant factor in successfully working with challenging students,"- Robert John Meehan

"Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit."- Cato

"As a teacher I spent a lot of time studying the "art of selling" to get a better perspective of what I was trying to accomplish as a teacher. After all, aren't we in the business of getting students to "buy into" what we are doing?"- Robert John Meehan


"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."- Winston Churchill

                                                     

"Some students can be extremely frustrating, distant and downright irritating, but they are children, and should be treated as such."- Robert John Meehan

"Sharing our experiences, our successes, our failures, is a great way to help other teachers and to contribute with the educational reform."- Robert John Meehan

"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them."- Albert Einstein”


"Our vision of teaching often becomes blurred by the restraints of standardized tests, administrative burdens, parental complaints and lack of support."- Robert John Meehan

"We all need to go into the classroom believing our students can and will meet and often exceed our expectations."- Robert John Meehan

"We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."- Hegel


"Empathy and understanding are essential concepts needed to deepen our understanding of today's youth"- Robert John Meeahn

"A teacher has to be ON every moment of the day, despite his/her’s actual state of mind."- Robert John Meehan


"A republican government should be based on free and equal education among the people"-Susan B.Anthony


"Competition in education, by design, is intended to "leave children behind." Competition, by design, creates winners and losers."-Robert John Meehan


"Many reformers have foolishly accepted at face value that teachers in lower income schools are less effective. They couldn't be more wrong."- Robert John Meehan


"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well."-Aristotle

"Emulate those teachers that instilled the sense of wonder and curiosity that inspired you."- Robert John Meehan


 “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Affluent parents are getting the schools they want. The question is whether they’ll support the schools that help other peoples’ children."- Robert John Meehan


"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."- Henry Adams

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."- Jacques Barzun

"Education by itself is meaningless – education only takes meaning in the context of our decision on how we are going to apply it."- Robert John Meehan
                                                 
"Inventive teachers can create life long learners but a love for learning can not be tested."- Robert John Meehan

"If students don’t feel teacher appreciation, their whole education has failed."- Michael Balkers


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"A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."-Thomas Carruthers

"It appears that most recent "reform"efforts are aimed at de-humanizing education. The business model for education will eventually fail us."- Robert John Meehan

"Authentic student achievement cannot be measured by test scores but in the small day to day moments of their students’ individual triumphs."- Robert John Meehan

"Remember the current political climate is not a reflection of YOUR self worth. You can prosper as a teacher every day and in every way."- Robert John Meehan

"Teaching to the test is sucking the joy and flexibility out of learning, all in the name of helping kids to read and write."- Robert John Meehan

"We must shift the focus of our classrooms from obedience to understanding."- Robert John Meehan


"What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?"-Harriet Martineau

"I don't know about getting rid of older more experienced teachers, but the policy should definitely be applied to elected officials"-Robert John Meehan


“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”- Albert Einstein


"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."- Ignacio Estrada

"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand."-Latin Proverb

"Solving the problems in education are actually simple. All we need is a dedicated society, knowledgeable politicians and excellent teachers."- Robert John Meehan

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." - Harold Wilson.
"All teachers who have had consistent success in the classroom understand that it is not enough merely to dispense information.."- Robert John Meehan

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."-Alexander the Great"

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”-  William Arthur Ward

"Education is the mother of leadership."- Wendell L. Willkie

"Take away art, music and sports and you take away the one hook for many students that keeps them motivated and involved."- Robert John Meehan

"Culturally relevant teaching content is essential to engaging today's young people in the urban classroom."- Robert John Meehan

"You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil."- Friedrich Nietzsche

"The teacher who exhibits exemplary practices in an affluent suburban community may be a miserable failure in a poor urban community."- Robert John Meehan

"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."-Ben Sweetland

"Children are accustomed to a world that  often moves faster and is often more exciting than anything a teacher in front of a classroom can do."- Robert John Meehan


"It's tragic that we are mandated to turn so many eager young learners into frustrated test performers."- Robert John Meehan

"A quality education requires hard work, A student may need to "crack the books" at night instead to hanging out at the mall or watching TV."- Robert John Meehan

"I"ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou


"Twenty years from now, your name may be forgotten...but the world will be a better place because you made a difference as a teacher"- Robert John Meehan

"I would think that the only people with whom you would ever want to "get even with" are the teachers who inspired you to succeed."- Robert John Meehan

 “When you love people and have the desire to make a profound, positive impact upon the world, then will you have accomplished the meaning to live.”- Sasha Azevedo

"To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching."-Henri Frederic Amiel

"Success in most political and business fields depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. Perhaps that explains why we have so many misguided ed reformers and  politicians."- Robert John Meehan

"Measuring human growth and development is not like measuring the reproduction of a single model on an assembly line. It is a complex system of helping to figure out where a student is, and how to help them get where they are going."- Robert John Meehan

"Education is the guardian genius of democracy. It is the only dictator that free men recognize, and the only ruler that free men require."- Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

"Doctor's mistakes are in the cemetery and lawyers' mistakes are in prison, teachers' mistakes get elected."- Robert John Meehan

"Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.”-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As teachers we spend little time focusing on what has been accomplished; we focus mainly on what remains to be done". - Robert John Meehan

"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations."- Patricia Neal
                                                            
"The most beneficial reform is the result of people working together to make positive educational change. Become part of that process."- Robert John Meehan

"If we want to counter the effects of poverty on the achievement of children, we need to start a whole lot earlier and do a whole lot more."- Robert John Meehan

"Nine-tenths of education is encouragement."- Anatole France


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"Republicans fear caps on CEO pay/bonuses will drain talent from those jobs. Shouldn't they have same fears about slashing teacher comp and pay?"- Robert John Meehan

"The major reason I always tried to meet and know the parents better is because it helped me to"FORGIVE" their children."- Robert John Meehan

"The true aim of every one who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds."-F. W. Robertson

"The current reformers do not realize that learning is different from winning. Teachers can have the best game plan but they can't pick their teams."- Robert John Meehan

"Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant."- Epictetus

"Critical Thinking: The purposeful reflective judgment concerning what to believe or what to do. Is this a lost art?"- Robert John Meehan

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."-Alexander of Macedon

"I choose to believe that teaching the least desired children is the most noble choice of all."- Robert John Meehan

"To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest: we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction anil vary the song."-Henri Frederic Amiel

"Education is the transmission of civilization."-Will Durant

"It is shortsighted to believe that better education comes from setting up schools that exclude the very children needing the most help."- Robert John Meehan

"A child miseducated is a child lost."-John F. Kennedy.

"If we balance the budget on the back of the educational system, we will be paying for it for years to come."- Robert John Meehan

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." Colin Powell

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference."- Tom Brokaw

 "It is the open mindedness and the seeking out of new information and practices that insures teachers continued success in the classroom.."- Robert John Meehan

 "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." - Emilie Buchwald

"Accept no one's definition of your role as a teacher; define yourself. Never allow yourself to be made a victim."- Robert John Meehan


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