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If we had in this room a hundred teachers,
by William Glasser

If we had in this room a hundred teachers,
good teachers from good schools, and asked them to
define the word education,
there would be very little general agreement.
- William Glasser

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

Running a school where the students all succeed,
even if some students have to help others to make the grade,
is good preparation for democracy.
- William Glasser

We can pay teachers a hundred thousand dollars a year,
and we'll do nothing to improve our schools as long as we keep the A,
B, C, D, F grading system.
- William Glasser

 

No human being will work hard at anything unless they
believe that they are working for competence.
- William Glasser

We almost always have choices, and the better the choice,
the more we will be in control of our lives.
- William Glasser

There are only two places in the world where time takes
precedence over the job to be done.
School and prison.
- William Glasser

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We may be up against a stone wall, but we don't have
to bloody our heads against it unless we choose to.
- William Glasser

There is plenty of competition in a Glasser Quality
School in that there is winning but no losing.
- William Glasser

As long as acquiring knowledge is the educational goal of schools,
educational opportunities will be limited,
as they are now, to affluent families.
- William Glasser

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.
- William Glasser

Don't marry someone you would not be friends with if
there was no sex between you.
- William Glasser

What students lack in school is an intellectual relationship
or conversation with the teacher.
- William Glasser

When we label anyone 'bad', we will have more trouble
dealing with him than if we could have settled for a lesser label.
- William Glasser

You can acquire a lot of knowledge without ever going to school.
- William Glasser

This is at the heart of all good education,
where the teacher asks students to think and engages
them in encouraging dialogues,
constantly checking for understanding and growth.
- William Glasser

Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.
- William Glasser

Sex is on the minds of most people, especially those
who shouldn't be having it.
- William Glasser

To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility,
we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.
- William Glasser

We are driven by five genetic needs:
survival,
love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.
- William Glasser

Without pay, no human being will work up to their ability
if he or she is not cared for and respected.
- William Glasser

If everyone could learn that what is right for me does
not make it right for anyone else,
the world would be a much happier place.
- William Glasser

The faster you go, the more students you leave behind.
It doesn't matter how much or how fast you teach.
The true measure is how much students have learned.
- William Glasser

Since there will be no one left to talk peace after the next war,
it makes good sense to break with tradition and hold
the peace conference first.
- William Glasser

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

I think it is totally wrong and terribly harmful if
education is defined as acquiring knowledge.
- William Glasser

If you improve education by teaching for competence,
eliminating schooling, and connecting with students,
the test scores will improve.
- William Glasser

Caring for but never trying to own may be a further
way to define friendship.
- William Glasser

I think education is both using and improving knowledge
and that changes the whole picture.
- William Glasser

Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes,
or perhaps later in life, yes when we should say no.
- William Glasser

Education is the process in which we discover that
learning adds quality to our lives.
Learning must be experienced.
- William Glasser

It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us,
to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice.
- William Glasser

We don't focus as much in schools on educational knowledge
which requires thinking and application,
as we do on acquiring facts.
- William Glasser

Everybody needs one essential friend.
- William Glasser

We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't
relate by talking to a group of friendly students,
he'll never be a competent teacher.
- William Glasser

In a Glasser Quality School there is no such thing as a closed book test.
Students are told to get out their notes and open their books.
There is no such thing as being forbidden to ask the
teacher or another student for help.
- William Glasser

Every single major push in education has made it worse
and right now it's really bad because everything we've
done is de-humanizing education.
It's destroying the possibility of the teacher and
the student having a warm,
friendly, intellectual relationship.
- William Glasser

Prior to being allowed to enter the profession,
prospective teachers should be asked to talk with a
group of friendly students for at least half an hour
and be able to engage them in an interesting conversation
about any subject the prospective teacher wants to talk about.
- William Glasser

What happened in the past that was painful has a great
deal to do with what we are today,
but revisiting this painful past can contribute little
or nothing to what we need to do now.
- William Glasser

Told that the passing grade is a B or competence and
that we will help you to get there,
students do competent work.
The lowest passing grade in the real world is competence.
Why do schools accept so much less?
- William Glasser

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright


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