quote by Lev S. Vygotsky

Learning is more than the acquisition of the ability to think; it is the acquisition of many specialized abilities for thinking about a variety of things.

— Lev S. Vygotsky

Instructive Special Education quotations

People ask me, what special is in my mentorship which has made Malala so bold and so courageous and so vocal and poised? I tell them, don't ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that's all.


Special education quote It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without acc
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.

Special education quote The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too m
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.

How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.

If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.

'No Child Left Behind' requires states and school districts to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential. Special education students should not be left out of these accountability mechanisms.


Special education quote Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.

We educators stand at a special point in time

In special education, there's too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength.

Special education quote It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair and adult.
It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair and adult.

A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes.

Status symbols mean nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.

I think we're vastly over-invested in universities.

Universities should be relatively small and provide excellent education and research in a number of specialized areas. I think the vast majority of young people should be going through non-university, post-secondary training.


Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.

Special education quote You can learn something new everyday if you listen.
You can learn something new everyday if you listen.

Men may be spoiled by education, even as they are spoiled by illiteracy.

Education is the preparation of the mind for future work, hence men should be educated with special reference to the work.

The notion that every well educated person would have a mastery of at least the basic elements of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences is a far cry from the specialized education that most students today receive, particularly in the research universities.

Head Start graduates are more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to need special education, repeat a grade, or commit crimes in adolescence.

Special education quote Healing comes from gathering wisdom from past actions and letting go of the pain
Healing comes from gathering wisdom from past actions and letting go of the pain that the education cost you.

Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.


Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled---to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.

If this prinicpal thinks blogging isn't educational, he needs his head examined: he should be seeking out every student blogger in the school and giving them special time to blog more - and giving them extra credit besides.

Special education quote The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

At Reliance Foundation schools, we lay special emphasis on value-based education, sports, and overall development of students. That is why the teacher-students ratio is kept at a healthy 1:20 so that all children get proper attention in class.

The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of special knowledge.

Virtually no idea is too ridiculous to be accepted, even by very intelligent and highly educated people, if it provides a way for them to feel special and important. Some confuse that feeling with idealism.


Special education quote The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education.

They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.

The gross national product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the people who break them ... It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of thier education, or the joy of their play.

Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.

Special education quote No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you trea
No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all.

It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means. Thus we suppress the child's curiosity and then when he lacks a natural interest in learning he is offered special coaching for his scholastic coaching for his scholastic difficulties.

Those of us who are in this world to educate-to care for-young children have a special calling: a calling that has very little to do with the collection of expensive possessions but has a lot to do with worth inside of heads and hearts.


Do you realize that $150 billion of our tax money is given to the corporations, unions and wealthy people for tax breaks, special subsidies and special regulations? That money would be available for health and education and building bridges.

Special education quote Falling in love is easy but staying in love is very special.
Falling in love is easy but staying in love is very special.

I went to school for special education.

I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.

It's not a competition, it's a doorway.

A poor child who receives high-quality early childhood development is 40 percent less likely to need special education, twice as likely to attend college and dramatically more likely to survive childhood.

Special education quote He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

The theory of modern education is that you need a general education before you specialize. And I think to some extent, before you're going to be a great stock picker, you need some general education.


In determing "the right people," the good-to-great companies placed greater weight on character attributes than on specific educational background, practical skills, specialized knowledge, or work experience.

If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others. –

More time on paperwork means less time spent with students or preparing lessons for students. It is as simple as that. The numerous reforms in the bill will go a long way to free our time of special educators.