Book Review: Quotes on Educators and Educating – Mankind’s Wisdom on Education from Socrates to Cyberspace

Jul 28, 2015 by

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Book Review: Quotes on Educators and Educating – Mankind’s Wisdom on Education from Socrates to Cyberspace

This book of quotes, which was compiled by Patty Crowe and Edited by Laura Wertz, is a true gem. It is a compilation of the greatest thoughts, by the greatest minds about one of the greatest human endeavors- learning. Yet, it is more than learning- it is the process of teaching, the process of educating, the process of motivating, and the process of instilling a love of learning which is so critical in today’s society. Richer Resources Publications, out of Arlington, Virginia has a marvelous tome of a book with short snippets of wisdom, profound philosophy and insights into the process of teaching and learning.  The quotes come from a wide variety of learned individuals, as well as scholars with which I am not familiar ( thus, the editors have even challenged me to investigate a thinker who has caused me to think and to research into that person’s life ). From Socrates to Sir John Lubbock ( yes, this is who I must now investigate ) to Captain James T. Kirk ( who has his own profound wisdom ) issues about teaching, learning, reading and knowledge are all investigated.

One of Socrates’s most famous quotes is “I know that I know nothing”. The phrase itself is a self-referential paradox (akin to “this sentence is a lie”), but it is ambiguous enough that it can be given many different meanings.

This article: 5 profound meanings to “I know that I know nothing” explores some of the more interesting interpretations of the phrase, including:
  • Descartes’s Evil Demon thought experiment, in which the world might be just an elaborate illusion by an Evil Demon, and how it leads to “I think, therefore I am”
  • Plato’s theory of forms, and whether the physical world is indeed the real one.
  • Pyrrhonist skepticism, in which you can’t be sure of anything, so it’s best not to make any decisions at all.

Teachers should read this wonderfully illustrated book, and principals should place this book near the coffee pot in every teachers lounge in America.

Reviewed by Michael F. Shaughnessy

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