Education Sermon Illustrations

Education Sermon Illustrations

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Learn to use your hands as well as your head, I am not belittling education. But the person educated entirely through books is only half educated. There is a kind of practical knowledge and good sense which can flow into the brain only through the use of the hands.—William S. Knudsen, quoted in Wesleyan Methodist


If the cost of a college education continues to snowball for many more years, a person can make a profit by remaining ignorant.—Grit


A longer school day for Russian children is the latest Soviet educational experiment. Special grade schools will be established at which the pupils' day will be extended to conform to the working hours of their parents. Two meals a day will be served.—Education Summary


What makes an educated man?

An educated man has been variously described.

One authority says Education is Modification of Behavior. Then the wag who chalked over the letters "Know Thyself" the words "Behave Yourself" might have a point.

Another says a man should be:

Literate and Articulate—
Informed and Curious as to the world of nature and the Diety—
Sensitive to Moral and Aesthetic values—
Able to see Relationship of man to man; past to present—
Oriented and Integrated.
There have been others.

The process of bringing out what's in you. And the statement that college doesn't make fools, it develops them. All may be crude approaches to profound truth.

Studies of biography show that men who achieve usually have an aim—they sacrifice rest and pleasure and applause for that aim.

So Education seeks to give a man an aim; it seeks to get a man to think for himself, and to try for himself

Salesmanagers say that a man who thinks he can't sell an article is usually right.

"If you say, my son, that it can't be done,
What you say, my son, is not true.
What you mean, my son, is it can be done,
Though it may not be done by you."


We so lead them to trust only the printed page. They are spared of the pain which accompanies that which they think out.


A lot of people are being scared by the Russians into hardening up our education or speeding it up. I am interested in toning it up.—Robert Frost


Our own best schools are unsurpassed. We are confronted with the problem of how to spread the good practices of these best schools to all schools.—Lawrence G. Derthick, U. S. Education Commissioner


Unless Education promotes character making, unless it helps men to be more moral, juster to their fellows, more law-abiding, more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the trouble taken to furnish it.—William Howard Taft


Thousands of high schools are doing a better job in many ways than ever before. Those that have been misled by progressive education nonsense are waking up and everywhere we see work and discipline coming back into elementary and secondary education. Right this minute the breast beaters and calamity howlers are saying that right away-pronto, they are going to be making Einsteins out of congenital dummies. It is to laugh. Hungry minded kids always become educated. Those who are born without their buttons will never be buttoned up anyway.—Dr. Galen Starr Ross, president Capitol College Oratory and Music Columbus, Ohio


Education is man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.—Kenneth G. Johnson, University of Wisconsin


Education by its nature is a slow, time-consuming process. Someone has said that where education is the only remedy, there can be no faster one. Here is the best answer we've found to the question, "How can I find time to take part in adult education?" There are 8,760 hours in a year. Work and sleep require about 5,000 hours. Allow 1,000 hours for dressing and eating. You have more than 2,500 hours left. Take half of that for recreation and you still have more hours a year than most college students use for classes and study.—Community Teamwork, Adult Education Newsletter, Purdue University


The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.—Newton D. Baker, Forbes


A certain young man wanted to learn ballroom dancing. He went to a dancing school and took lessons. It so happened his instructor always started the lessons from a fireplace at one end of the studio.

After he finished the dancing course, the young man took a girl to a dance. But he couldn't dance There wasn't a fireplace in the room!

How many of us go through life with that sort of education?—Quote


Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.—Robert M. Hutchins


A distinguished educator when asked his opinion of the Mid-west Airborne TV Project—which televises lessons from airplanes to 13,000 schools in six midwest states—made the following comment: "It's educational crop-dusting. You can't spray a mass audience with a subject."—Television Age


The most important fact about America's educational system . . . is that it does not exist. What we have are 50 separate state systems of education, and over 50,000 school boards within those states which also set school policy. As a result, there is a vast diversity of educational standards, systems and facilities .. . and a vast diversity of educational problems and opinions on how to solve them.

It is generally conceded that the future of America—a future filled with fabulous opportunities—will be won or lost in our classroom.—Saturday Review

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