Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Sayings - Martin Luther King Jr.

     Today I'm joining Tammy from Forever in First for Saturday Sayings. If you're interested in doing a Saturday Saying, visit her post here.

     In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past week, I chose a quote about education from him. This quote is taken from an article he wrote for The Maroon Tiger, which was the Morehouse College Student Paper. He wrote this article, titled The Purpose of Education, when he was a junior at Morehouse, which I find interesting since I am still in college. You can read the full article, and learn more about it here or here.
     While this was written with the audience being his professors and classmates, I believe it is true for any age. Critical thinking and character are important things that our students need to learn. If they do not learn these skills, then they will not be able to use the knowledge they have well.
     How do we teach critical thinking and character? I've seen schools do many different things to teach these. Some that I have been in use a curriculum to teach character or even have it as a special. However, I think character is best taught by example, mini-lessons that are relatable to the students, and real life situations. Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned in all areas. It includes teaching students to think about the how and why questions, reasoning, and much more. Martin Luther King Jr. was correct in thinking that knowledge does not mean much without character and critical thinking.
So, what do you think? What is your opinion of this quote? How do you teach character and critical thinking?


  1. This is a wonderful quote. I especially latch on to the part about teaching character. The longer I teach, the more character is part of what I do in my classroom every single day, all day long. Well put MLK Jr. and Meghan! Thanks for joining me again today.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. This is a great quote and a great time to post it! Teaching students how to treat one another is so very needed. Thank you for that!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. What a great quote. I agree that we must teach students what it means to be a good person and citizen. Sadly, some of our students don't learn this at home. Some are bullied by siblings and even parents. Helping a child to think critically is important, too. We want them to think for themselves as they make small choices now but huge ones later in life. Thanks for the food for thought!
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