Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Vision, Values and Culture - Quotes

  • 'We can easily forgive a child whom is frightened of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.' Plato
  • 'The moral sense, or conscience, is as much part of a man as his leg or arm. It is given to all in a stronger or weaker degree.. It may be strengthened by exercise. Thomas Jefferson
  • ' I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder how we could tolerated anything so primitive.' John W Gardner
  • 'It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend.' Nick Giovanni US Poet
  • 'Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land amongst the stars.' Les Brown
  • 'You see things and say 'Why'? But I see things and say 'Why not?' G.B Shaw
  • 'Ones vision is not a roadmap but a compass'. Peter Block Business Philosopher
  • 'The pathway to educational excellence lies within each school.' Terrance Deal
  • 'One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost to the profession when they retire.' John Dewey
  • 'If people who have to work together in an enterprise trust one another it is because they are all operating to a common set of ethical norms....such a society will be better able to innovate...since the high degree of trust will permit a wide variety of social relationships to emerge...' Fukuyama 95 Trust
  • 'We imagine a school in which students and teachers excitedly and joyfully stretch themselves to their limits in pursuit of projects built on their vision...not one that succeeds in making apathetic students satisfying minimal standards.' S Papert
  • 'It is our dream that students will ...experience their classrooms as invigorating, even inspiring environments - places they look forward to going to and places they hate to leave. It is our dream that they will come to know themselves as masters of various crafts...It is our dreams that ...they will come to love the process of learning itself... by making it their own.' Paideia Schools
  • 'Too many young people are being taught to give up their dreams before they have any experience attempting to pursue them'. Robert Fritz 'The Path of Least Resistance'
  • 'It takes courage and skill to be unambiguous and clear.' Peter Senge
  • 'A shared vision is not an idea...it is rather, a force in people's hearts...at its simplest level, a shared vision is the answer to the question 'What do we want to create?' Peter Senge
  • 'We need a multiplicity of visions, dreams and prophecies - images of potential tomorrows.' Alvin Tofler
  • 'I believe we are afraid of recognizing how fundamental our lives would have to be changed if we should choose to work out of this vision.' Ralph Theobald
  • We need to value the importance of simplicity, focus and living according to our values.' Phillip Humbert www.philliphumbet.com
  • 'It is not so much about to see what no one has seen before but to think what nobody has yet thought about that which everybody sees.' Schopenhauer
  • 'Thinking School; Thinking Nation' Singapore Educational Vision
  • 'Love is saying yes to belonging' David Steindle -Rast ( Theologist)
  • 'We can no longer stand at the end of something we visualized in detail and plan backwards from that future. Instead we must stand at the beginning, clear in our mind, with a willingness to be involved in discovery... it asks that we participate rather than plan.' Margaret Wheatley and Kellner -Rogers.
  • 'New frameworks are like climbing a mountain - the larger view encompasses rather than rejects the more restricted view.' Einstein
  • 'the void in our society has been produced by the absence of values... we have no widespread belief in the value of participation. The rational system has made us fear standing out in any serious way.' John Ralston Saul 'Voltaire's Bastards'.
  • 'Principles are deep fundamental truths... lightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty and strength through the fabric of life.' Steven Covey 92
  • 'Education without values, as useful as it is, seems to make a man more clever devil.' C S Lewis
  • 'A clever arrangement of bad eggs will never make a good omelet.' C S Lewis
  • 'The heart and soul of school culture is what people believe, the assumptions they make about how school works.' Thomas Sergiovanni
  • 'It is what teachers think, what teachers do, and what teachers are at the level of the classroom that ultimately shapes the kind of learning that young people get.' Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
  • 'Positive images of the future are a powerful and magnetic force... They draw us on and energize us, give us courage and will to take on important initiatives. Negative images of the future also have a magnetism. They pull the spirit downward in the path of despair..' William James
  • 'A belief is not a belief until you can visualize it, unless you can create a picture of it in your minds eye, especially if you have no doubts that reality can be - or is - possible.' Hedley Beare Aust Educationalist
  • 'Something magical happens when you bring together a group of people from different disciplines with a common purpose.' Mark Stefik Palo Alto Research Centre Fellow
  • 'If we believe something does not exist unless we measure it, then we put aside: love, feeling, intuition, art and philosophy.' Peter Block The Answer to How is Yes.'
  • Every person in the organization must change inside their hearts and minds, so that they themselves become principle centred.' Stephen Covey Business Philosopher
  • 'We may never fully appreciate the role that not pursuing a dream plays in limiting people to disappointing careers and regret filled lives... 'I used to be so gutsy'... 'What happened?.'' Anon
  • 'I think I don't regret a single excess of my responsive youth, I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.' Henry James


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