Education is on everyone's mind lately, particularly because Betsy DeVos' nomination for Secretary of Education, at which people are, well, horrified. We're all looking for ways to voice our frustration, many of us starting with powerful quotes about education to share on Facebook. Outrage has spread over a president who has never held office, and now a possible Secretary of Education who has never held public office or worked in the public school system. The direction public schooling in particular could take is disheartening, particularly since Michelle Obama is an advocate for education and spent her time in the White House working so diligently for something every human being deserves.
If this last election season has taught us anything, it's that things don't always go the way we expect. And when they don't, we keep making sure our voices are heard. We did it after Trump was elected, we've continued to do it since Trump's inauguration, and we'll do it again if DeVos makes it to office. If you're passionate about the right to education for all Americans regardless of race and financial status, there are several ways to protest Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, stand up for public schooling, and continue the fight for education that Obama so fervently pursued — along with these people, whose words ring truer now more than ever.
1"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela
2"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." -Anthony J. D'Angelo
3"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin
4"Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself." -John Dewey
5"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." -Walter Cronkite
6"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." -Malcolm X
7"The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark." -Thomas Paine
8“An education should seek to bring its subjects to the perfection of their moral, intellectual, and physical nature in order that they may be of the greatest possible use to themselves and others.” -Emma Hart Willard
9"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." -Henry Ford
17"The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm Forbes
18"Only the educated are free." -Epictetus
19"Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school or in the school of life. To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure." -C. Joybell C.
20"A child miseducated is a child lost." -John F. Kennedy
21"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army." -Edward Everett
22"Education is a vaccine for violence." -Edward James Olmos
23"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." -George Washington Carver
24"Learning never exhausts the mind." -Leonardo da Vinci
25"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." -B.B. King
26"Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity." -Lyndon Johnson
27"That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit." -Louisa May Alcott
28“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” -Frederick Douglass