Robert Pondiscio issued an Edu-Homily Alert. “Not only is this quote fundamentally anti-knowledge, there’s no evidence Socrates said it. Nor did William Butler Yeats, the other person to whom it’s commonly mis-attributed.”
It’s Plutarch, according to Quote Investigator. He said the mind is not a vessel that needs filling but wood that needs igniting. Of course, if there’s no wood, then there’s not going to be much heat or light.
Matthew Tabor comments:
This is one of the stupidest of the famous ed quotes. If you expect that flame to last more than 10 seconds, it needs to draw from a reservoir of fuel. You have to do both.
And yes, these are the folks who constantly say we need to teach “critical thinking.”
Pondiscio has other unfavorites: “Teach the child not the lesson….we don’t learn science we DO science…School isn’t for learning content. It’s where you learn to learn….My job is to develop a lifelong love of books….don’t teach facts, teaching higher order thinking…”
Feel free to nominate your least favorite education quotes.