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Quotes

Quotes

"When all is said and done we simply must make teaching in this country an honorable profession-since it's in the classrooms of America where the battle for excellence, ultimately, will be won or lost."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "School Reform in Perspective"

"Literature is an inquiry into the deepest yearnings of the human spirit."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A Community of Scholars"

"In the end, excellence in education means excellence in teaching, and if this country would give the status to first grade teachers that we give to full professors, this one act alone would revitalize the nation's schools."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech  "Ready to Learn: A Mandate for the Nation"

"The assumption of all education is that learning will be directed toward constructive ends and I'm convinced that colleges should support students in their determination to be useful, self-sufficient, and productive."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A College of Quality"

"We believe that service constitutes a vital part of an undergraduate education. It offers opportunities that cannot be obtained in any other way. And such experience may be one of the first truly meaningful acts in a young person's life."

"Schools cannot do the job alone. You cannot have an island of excellence in a sea of indifference."

"We hear a lot of talk these days about teaching values in higher education. Frankly, I am not sure this can be accomplished through a separate course in morality or ethics. I am convinced, however, that values are sustained on campus by the honesty of our words, and by the confidence we have in the words of others."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A College of Quality"

"Based upon the pictures, I concluded that about 60 percent of all college classes in the United States are held outside, underneath a tree, usually by a gently flowing stream."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A Community of Scholars"

"I am suggesting that quality in undergraduate education means giving students a perspective that is global."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A College of Quality"

"In an era when careerism dominates the campus, is it too much to expect students to go beyond their private interests, learn about the world around them, develop a sense of civic and social responsibility, and discover how they can contribute to the common good?"

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A College of Quality"

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if every home had good books instead of knick-knacks and plastic flowers on the bookshelves? And wouldn't it be great if every child heard good speech and received thoughtful answers to their questions instead of 'be quiet' or 'go to bed'?"

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech  "Ready to Learn: A Mandate for the Nation"

"To put it simply, school readiness means creating in this country a public love of children."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech  "Ready to Learn: A Mandate for the Nation"

"Research must continue to be the centerpiece of intellectual life, and our commitment to research must grow, because our problems are growing."

From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A Community of Scholars"

"The connectedness of things is what the great university is all about, and I believe the great university in the coming century will be described as a community of scholars."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A Community of Scholars"

"The scholarship of engagement means connecting the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic and ethical problems, to our children, to our schools, to our teachers and to our cities..."

"Education must prepare students to be independent, self-reliant human beings. But education, at its best, also must help students go beyond their private interests, gain a more integrative view of knowledge, and relate their learning to the realities of life."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "A College of Quality"

"To push for excellence today without continuing to push for access for less privileged students is to undermine the crucial but incomplete gains that have been made. Equity and excellence cannot be divided."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "High School: Thoughts on the Great Debate of  1983-84"

"In the end, excellence in education means excellence in teaching, and if this country would give the status to first grade teachers that we give to full professors, this one act alone would revitalize the nation's schools."

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"As I watched my grandfather work with people who were impoverished, I began to understand that to be truly human, one must serve."

- From Ernest L. Boyer's speech "The Basic School"

"The aim of education is not only to prepare students for productive careers, but also to enable them to live lives of dignity and purpose; not only to generate new knowledge, but to channel that knowledge to humane ends; not merely to study government, but to help shake a citizenry that can promote the public good."

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"I've never learned how to separate my own life into little boxes. Being a person with profession, family, emotional and spiritual parts, I've never known how to pull them apart and present just part of me in any situation. The head and the heart can't be seen as unrelated, and the only way to live is integratively."

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"The quality of our schools can be no greater than the dignity we assign to teaching."

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"Children are our most precious resource. In the end, they're all  we have. And if we as a nation cannot help the coming generation, if we cannot prepare all children for learning and for life, then just what will bring America together?"

"Dreams can be fulfilled only when they've been defined."