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Agnes E. Benedict

  • The only thing better than education is more education.

  • The American school system has, to some extent, simply 'happened.' ... It has not been carefully planned. It has not been based on a study, either of children on the one hand, or of society's needs on the other.

  • ... a democratic home is the foundation of a democratic state.

    • Agnes E. Benedict,
    • in Agnes E. Benedict and Adele Franklin, The Happy Home ()
  • Trips do not end when you return home — usually this is the time when in a sense they really begin.

    • Agnes E. Benedict,
    • in Agnes E. Benedict and Adele Franklin, The Happy Home ()
  • Sports, like the arts, are exclusive. Millions never engage in them, because they believe they will never 'measure up.'

    • Agnes E. Benedict,
    • in Agnes E. Benedict and Adele Franklin, The Happy Home ()
  • Whenever someone speaks with prejudice against a group — Catholics, Jews, Italians, Negroes — someone else usually comes up with a classic line of defense: 'Look at Einstein!' 'Look at Carver!' 'Look at Toscanini!' So, of course, Catholics (or Jews, or Italians, or Negroes) must be all right. They mean well, these defenders. But their approach is wrong. It is even bad. What a minority group wants is not the right to have geniuses among them but the right to have fools and scoundrels without being condemned as a group.

    • Agnes E. Benedict,
    • 1940, in Joseph Telushkin, Uncommon Sense ()

Agnes E. Benedict, U.S. educator

(1889 - 1950)

Full name: Agnes Elizabeth Benedict.