CARTER G WOODSON QUOTES MISEDUCATION

“The mere imparting of information is not education.”

“If you can control a man’s thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions.”

“Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it, and make it better.”

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”

“The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.”

“If you can control a man’s thinking, you do not have to worry about his action.”

“The mere imparting of information is not education.”

“One of the saddest and most ironic practices in schools is how hard we try to measure how students are doing and how rarely we ever ask them.”

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”

“Ph.D. merely indicates that an individual has learned how to acquire the knowledge that he is expected to possess.”

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

“The greatest sin of the world is ignorance of the truth.”

“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”

“If you can control a people’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about their behavior.”

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”

“It is easy to instruct and enlighten children by appealing to their curiosity and their imagination.”

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

“No people can be intelligent if their culture is inferior.”

“We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.”

“Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today, and it will set the pace tomorrow.”

“The oppressor has always indoctrinated the weak with his interpretation of the crimes of the strong.”

“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.”

“The strongest bank in the United States will last only so long as the people will have sufficient confidence in it to keep their money there.”

“Education must not simply teach work—it must teach Life.”

“Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educations: ‘that which is given to him, and the much more important one that he gives to himself.”

“Whenever the Negro attempts to learn anything outside of a mere routine, which will enable him to earn money, the whole caste in which he is placed constrains him to look upon any such attempt as not only vain, but wrong.”

“Those who misuse their opportunities and fail to follow the pathway of wisdom are little better than an ordinary thief.”

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”