“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
– Jim Henson
“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss
“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”
– Chinese proverb
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
– George Santayana
“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.”
– Thomas Szasz
“Children just need the time, the space, and the permission to be kids.”
– Angela Hanscom
“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.”
– Ernest Dimnet
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
– Roger Lewin
“Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy.”
– Glenn Beck
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
– Maya Angelou
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”
– Maria Montessori
“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.”
– Harold Hulbert
“I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”
– Ann Brashares
“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
– James Baldwin
“Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity to open children’s hearts and minds to the unbelievable wonder of the universe.”
– Sir Anthony Seldon
Motivation. Even educational motivation. Has always been a tough nut to crack.
While a few kids are motivated to do well from their own thirst for knowledge. Most are not.
Particularly younger kids may go into school kicking and screaming the whole way. While the best motivation will always be intrinsic motivation something has to be done to give kids that initial motivation until they grow up enough to motivate themselves.
Parents and teachers are always working up new tricks to give these students a bit of motivation. Of course, in many ways the best motivation for the young kids remains the old “carrot and stick” method. Let the child self reward when they do good jobs, and have a set of punishments when they do not live up to standards.
Not much has changed, there, except you might be taking away time playing video games instead of taking away time from playing ball with their friends.
Regardless, some of the educational quotes below will hopefully help students gain a little bit of motivation, or at least give parents and educators some ideas on applying some extrinsic motivation.