“A rigorous education, is the answer for the individual because it awakens the mind and sustains curiosity. Education is the answer for us as citizens because, in addition to forming the capacity to lead, it prepares our youth to participate in, to defend, to question and to understand our democratic government.”
"Education provides the fullest opportunities for fulfilling ourselves. It is the access to all that a person has yet to learn, and that is precisely why the future belongs to the educated.”
"The fact is that none of the hundreds of costly school-reform efforts over the past decades have had the scope, force and focus to attract high-caliber talent to the teaching profession, and then reward and motivate the talent to stay."
"There is an equation at the center of the proposition of education that is as appealing as it is basic: All we have to do is think about what we want for every child, and we shall know what to provide every teacher—rich opportunities, high expectations, and sound preparation for the future. This is what every child needs and this is what all teachers deserve."
"Good teachers are to education what education is to all other professions—the indispensable element, the sunlight and oxygen, the foundation on which everything else is built."
"The most direct and enduring way to reach the mind and imagination of the learner is through the mind, imagination and character of the outstanding teacher."
"That education is the most important of all professions is a message the public should hear and understand. And, as importantly, a message that our educators need to hear as well."
"Education is the most important of all professions, and educators are its lifeblood. A good education is essential to personal freedom and national security, and teachers and principals make that education happen. These are not slogans. These are truths."
“In every endeavor, people make the difference, and just one person has the power to make a profound difference in the lives of so many people.”