10 Best Inspiring Quotes by Gandhi on Education
One man who always stood for peace and valued it above political and ideological conflicts, Mahatma Gandhi’s views on education were always focused on an all-round education, not just literacy. He stressed on the development of a child as a whole, not just the mind. Floridian brings to you some of the epoch making views of Gandhi on education. Read on to find what the greatest man had to say about education:
By education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit.
The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is. We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or of shares in the stock-exchange market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more. We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated. The girls, we say, do not have to earn; so why should they be educated? As long as such ideas persist there is no hope of our ever knowing the true value of education.
A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. He who learns nothing from his disciples is, in my opinion, worthless. Whenever I talk with someone I learn from him. I take from him more than I give him. In this way, a true teacher regards himself as a student of his students. If you will teach your pupils with this attitude, you will benefit much from them.
Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.
Basic education links the children, whether of the cities or the villages, to all that is best and lasting in India.
Love requires that true education should be easily accessible to all and should be of use to every villager in this daily life. The emphasis laid on the principle of spending every minute of one’s life usefully is the best education for citizenship.
Education should be so revolutionized as to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter.
Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.
True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.
What is really needed to make democracy function is not knowledge of facts, but right education.