18 Presidents: On Education

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.

John F. Kennedy, 35th president

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President

The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

Gerald Ford, 38th President

There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

John Adams, 2nd President

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President

If we want to invest in the prosperity of our nation, we must invest in the education of our children so that their talents may be fully employed.”

William Clinton, 42nd President

It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.

Andrew Jackson, 7th President

Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.

James Madison, 4th President

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President

Knowledge—that is, education in its true sense—is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interest, illiberal minorities, or panic-stricken leaders.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President

You see, we’ll never be able to compete in the 21st century unless we have an education system that doesn’t quit on children, an education system that raises standards, an education that makes sure there’s excellence in every classroom.

George W. Bush,  43rd President

And when it comes to developing the high standards we need, it’s time to stop working against our teachers and start working with them. Teachers don’t go in to education to get rich. They don’t go in to education because they don’t believe in their children. They want their children to succeed, but we’ve got to give them the tools. Invest in early childhood education. Invest in our teachers and our children will succeed.

Barack Obama, 44th President

Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.

George H. W. Bush, 41st President

The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         George Washington, 1st President

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.

Lyndon Johnson 36th President

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.

Herbert Hoover, 31st President

Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.

Ronald Reagan, 40th President

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.

Jimmy Carter, 39th President

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Educator in Virginia, creating 21st c community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people. I read, garden, listen to music, and capture photo images mostly of the natural world. My posts represent a personal point of view on topics of interest.
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  2. Nina says:

    Thank you for posting all of these! They’re fantastic & just what I was looking for!

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