Updated: Dec 3, 2022
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
True education is about ideas learned in school, not grammar rules and math facts. It's about values, observations, and creativity. It's students becoming independent learners and thinkers so they keep learning, even after they leave the classroom.
When people think of education, they think of a traditional classroom. They picture students in desks with pencils in hand, ready to learn. What people also envision is tedious and rigorous hours of study. While these things are all a part of education, it is not the "true education" that Albert Einstein was referring to. True education is demonstrating and sharing the love of learning. It's encouraging and guiding students to be the best versions of themselves. It's equipping students with the tools and skills they'll need when they leave our classroom, and venture out into the big wide world. True education is ongoing. The most important thing we can do as teachers is to teach our students how to never stop learning.