Education Sermon Illustrations

Education Sermon Illustrations

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It is possible to instruct a child in all the arts and sciences and at the same time neglect his education. To educate him means to lead him forth; to develop what is best in him; to lead him to the discovery of himself. To instruct him means to set up and arrange in order an array of facts within his mind. Instead of having the powers of his mind released the child is simply having his mind converted into a sort of filing case and filled with a more or less orderly assortment of facts and figures.—S. S. Marquis


It is not what is poured into a student but what is planted that counts.—Joel Hilderbrand, Chemical Education


The twin purposes of education—information and inspiration.—Say


Every man has two educations—that which is given to him, and the other, that which he gives to himself. Of the two kinds, the latter is by far the more valuable.—Jean Paul Richter, Rosicrucian Digest


Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.—Oscar Wilde


Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, analyzing why Congress holds back on funds for education but spends billions for weapons: "If the Russians announced today they were going to send a man to hell, there would be at least two government agencies before the appropriations committee of Congress tomorrow, with their public-relations men, asking for money on the ground that we've got to get there first."—Quote


A wagon is built that a load may be hauled, but it must have a body, a tongue, and four wheels, each of which performs a function and is necessary to the others. In like manner, the functions of the school comprise the vehicle for the realization of the school's purpose.—Schools for a New World


Education fails unless the Three R's at one end of the school spectrum lead ultimately to the Four P's at the other—Preparation for Earning, Preparation for Living, Preparation for Understanding, Preparation for Participation in the problems involved in the making of a better world.—Norman Cousins, Clearing House


Spelling, punctuation and penmanship are not always mastered by school pupils. Letters from summer camp, according to some parents, bear a strong resemblance to ransom notes.


The bookkeeping student handed the teacher four neatly typed sheets with items and costs in their proper columns. She looked them over carefully. All was clear except one item which read ESP, $19.75. The puzzled teacher asked, "What does ESP mean?" "Error Some Place," the girl explained.


Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheepherding.—Author Unknown


In the pursuit of quality in education people have tried faith, prayer, and old phonograph records. None has worked.

A few school districts are now trying money and they are achieving remarkable success.—Dr. Paul Mort, in speech to APSS representative in Mt. Eden, California


The great danger in public education today is that we have failed to see the difference between knowledge and wisdom. We train the head and let the heart run hog-wild. We allow culture and character to walk miles apart, stuffing the head with mathematics and languages—leaving manners and morals out of the picture.—Dr. Theo H. Palmquist, of Foundry Methodist Church, Washington, in vesper service talk opening annual National PTA Congress


To my mind, there is a great story in education—a succession of stories. I think education is dramatic. It has everything in it to make it so; struggle, pathos, triumph, competition, good humor, and interesting people. Just as business needs more customers, education needs more enthusiasts. For my part I'll buy it, and what's more I'll bet we can sell the story.—Eric Johnston, Address at Chicago Regional AASA Convention


Education should be as attractive as sin.—Dr. Richard E. Morley, Partners


A machine is a great moral educator. If a horse or a donkey will not go, men lose their tempers and beat it; if a machine will not go, there is no use beating it. You have to think and try till you find what is wrong. That is real education. The machine, furthermore, has made the present generation of average men more careful and conscientious than would have been thought possible in the Middle Ages. There are millions of engines, motors, and airplanes which are set going every day with human lives dependent on them There are millions of workmen who, as a matter of course, look over these machines daily and see that their innumerable parts are in order. And we, the public, trust our lives to them without further thought, trusting that among all those workmen no one will have made any important mistake. That is a thing which should fill one with wonder.—Friendly Chat


A disgruntled school-teacher handed in her resignation with the following comment: 'In our public schools today, the teachers are afraid of the Principals, the Principals are afraid of the superintendents, the superintendents are afraid of the board, the board members are afraid of the parents, the parents are afraid of the children, and the children are afraid of nobody.'—Journal of Education

(Eph. 6. 1-4; Col. 3. 20).


As wrapt and hidden in the stone's embrace
The future statue lies yet undefined,
Till the nice chisel clears the form designed.
The trunk, the moving limbs, the speaking face
Develops: so instruction's hand must trace
The intellectual form, which lies enshrined
'Mid nature's rude materials; and the mind
Invest with due proportion, strength, and grace.
God to thy teaching delegates the art
To form the future man: the care be thine,
No shape unworthy from the marble start,
Reptile or monster; but with just design
Copy the heavenly model, and impart,
As best thou canst, similitude divine.—Bishop Manton

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