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Quote of the Day: “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”

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When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.

This quote is ascribed to the Dalai Lama by The 10 Most Inspiring Education Quotes of All Time. And for the next 10 days, I will be sharing these as my “Quote of the Day” and I’ll be exploring the origins of each of them.

With today’s quote, while I cannot find evidence that this is exactly what the Dalai Lama said, I was able to find this basic idea in his book The Art of Happiness where he said the following:

One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious.  Sometimes it even seems as if those who are not highly educated, those who are less sophisticated in terms of their educational training, are more innocent and more honest. Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.

I think this fuller context is quite important.  It was clear to me when reading the real words of the Dalai Lama, that he strongly supports education of the mind AND the heart.  Further, he sees the education of both being quite compatible and complementary to each other.

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Written by Jacob Walker

November 11th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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