Can you come up with an aphorism about education or knowledge?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Here are a few aphorisms.


Let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be able to find out the natural bent.



The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.



'Tis education forms the common mind:

Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

                                                       Alexander Pope



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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Aphorisms are clever or often witty sayings that define or explain some aspect about a topic.  When trying to create your own original aphorism, it would probably be helpful to construct a t-chart.  On one side I would list main general topics related to education, like: knowledge teaching, teachers, class, school, education, students.  Then on the other side of the t-chart, list possible thoughts or philosophies that you could connect with your main ideas. 

My fellow teacher friend and I were actually having a discussion today about an epiphany she had, which you might be able to use for your aphorism, and that was that students teach teachers things too, and have the power to impact their teachers' lives just as much as the teachers do the students.  So if we wanted to reword that cleverly... perhaps:  'The classroom educates both teachers and students alike.'

Here are some other ideas:

  • A teacher can sow the seeds of knowledge, but the student must have a fertile mind.
  • True education occurs when the heart is willing and the mind is empty.

You also might go read some of Benjamin Franklin's many clever aphorisms for inspiration to help you get started.


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