“For the first time in 50 years, we have competitors who are, in technological and economic terms, our equals. We basically have to look at things and benchmark - measure ourselves relative to those competitors – to become world class in each of those areas. If Japan can graduate 96 percent of its population from high school, we got to do that. We can’t just graduate 71 percent and say ‘Hey, that’s enough.’”

(Lester C. Thurow, Dean, Sloan School of Management, M.I.T.)

“Read, read, and read. Learn a second language. Spend a year studying abroad if possible. Develop talents and gain a sense of competence and confidence. Know that there are many ways to lead a productive and happy life. Keep your options open. Develop inside what I call the ‘C’ words: citizenship, competence, confidence, character, curiosity, compassion, craftsmanship, and colleagueship.”

(Fred Hargadon, Dean of Admissions Princeton University)

 “The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.”
(K. Patricia Cross)

“What's amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It's so far away in time that they can't appreciate what it means for their whole life.”

(Bill Gates)

 “Our best chance for happiness is education.”
(Mark VanDorn)