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By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Everyone who comes in is just amazed that our children do not have the animosity, the hatred, because these children are into it. You know, once you learn to like yourself, then you don't see this black-white bit. I still say that a good basic education is the only thing. I feel guilty sometimes because I don't think Jesus Christ could get any more accolades than I do when I walk through that classroom, even from the children I do not teach. They know that I love them, but I am forever telling them, "Get into that seat so you can have choices in this world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Our children learn the phonetic method, which is why they're very good spellers, I suppose. Because rather than ABC or just saying a word, they'll have to go a as in apple and all the other a's there are in the English language. They learn that when they're four. Children all over America can tell you that a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y are vowels. But you ask them about that "sometimes y," and they can't tell you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Readers are leaders. Thinkers succeed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Before I can effectively discipline students, I have to earn their friendship and respect.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

One night my son was downstairs studying, and he had been up so late all that week, and my husband said, "I feel so sorry for him." I said, "Look, if he's going to become a surgeon" - he is studying to be a doctor - "he's going to have his hard times. I feel sorry for him too, but if he lives in this world he's going to have more hard times. He's going to stay up some more nights." I think we can't shield them from the hard times, even though we'd like to. I say to the children that I teach and to my own - I can't test the ground for you and tell you that's a safe step there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Praise is essential in developing the right attitude toward learning and toward school.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

An error means a child needs help, not a reprimand or ridicule for doing something wrong.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

I believe the more difficult a child is, the more I want that child. But I won't take a child until the parent brings him to us. So it is just the opposite - we get the ones that no one else will take. We get sawdust, and we have to make boards out of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

Until kids decide, 'I am a miracle. I am unique. There is no one else exactly like me,' they can never draw the conclusion, 'Because I'm a miracle, I will never harm another person who's a miracle like me.' In this slippery world, they all need something to hang on to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

I got so tired of hearing those proverbs when I was a child. Now I use them all the time. Sometimes they are the best way to say what needs to be said. I teach them to my students. I have a collection of proverbs for class discussion and writing assignments.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Education is the thing. This black-white bit - I don't deal with people that way. I deal with it as if you are another individual. If you do something that perturbs me or aggravates me, I do not think you've done it because I'm black.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

[Kid] never learned to read in kindergarten, first, and second, so in third grade he begins to be placed in the EMH or the learning-disabled rooms.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

I cannot change the world, but I do not have to conform.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

You can pay people to teach, But you can't pay them to care.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

We've been brainwashed into thinking that it takes more monies than it actually does to educate children. That's been one of the brainwash jobs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

People have to live by rules in the world. Why do we pretend in school that they don't?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

I'm not one of those who say this is the way. I'm not that opinionated. I can only say this is my way. Even the $1,000 scholarship that my son could have gotten from the state of Illinois to go to college, we didn't want. I'd rather get out and work and have my children know that their money comes from their parents and we have to work for it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Teaching children to read was one thing; keeping them interested in reading was something else.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Kids don't fail. Teachers fail, school systems fail. The people who teach children that they are failures, they are the problem.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

You can't find me 20 children in Chicago, I don't care which section you go in - you can be on Michigan Avenue or here - and they won't be able to tell you that y is a vowel when it's the final syllable in a word, as in Nancy and icy. And no one bothers to teach the rules anymore - "i before e except after c.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Success doesn't come to you, you go to it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

The purpose of a liberal arts education is to learn that a person can like both cats and dogs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Parents often brag about the amount of money spent per child, but I think, perhaps ironically, those great monies that are spent - I call it putting a band-aid on a hemorrhage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

There is a lot of money to be made from miseducation, from the easy to read easy to learn textbooks, workbooks, teacher manuals, educational games and visual aids. The textbook business is more than a billion-dollar-a-year industry and some of its biggest profits come from 'audio-visual aids' - flash cards, tape cassettes, and filmstrips. No wonder the education industry encourages schools to focus on surface education.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Students do not need to be labeled or measured any more than they are. They don't need more Federal funds, grants, and gimmicks. What they need from us is common sense, dedication, and bright, energetic teachers who believe that all children are achievers and who take personally the failure of any one child.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Death cannot put the brakes on a good dream.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Everything works when the teacher works. It's as easy as that, and as hard.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

I'm a teacher. A teacher is someone who leads. There is no magic here. I do not walk on water. I do not part the sea. I just love children.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

One of the things that even wealthy children need is an education, and I think the problems I saw really have nothing to do with economics. So I was unhappy with what my own children were getting even in the better schools, and then I was seeing so many children here recruited for failure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

I was very, very unhappy with even the so-called very elite schools. The one thing I've always done every day with my children is to watch what they do at school, and I was always a bit unhappy with the academic program. It was a kind of hit and miss.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Excellence is not an act, but a habit.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

That's how I try to think of education - a school is a miniature society where children learn to function in a real world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

The more monies we spend, the less children learn; because the more machines we have there, the more gadgets, the more gimmicks, the less children have to really think - the less they have to use their innate abilities, their curiosity, their brains.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marva Collins

None of you has ever failed. School may have failed you. Goodbye to failure, children. Welcome to success.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marva Collins

When someone is taught the joy of learning, it becomes a life-long process that never stops, a process that creates a logical individual. That is the challenge and joy of teaching.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

If you don't give anything, don't expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marva Collins

Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.