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Marva Collins

  • Students do not need to be labeled or measured any more than they are. They don't need more Federal funds, grants, and gimmicks. What they need from us is common sense, dedication, and bright, energetic teachers who believe that all children are achievers and who take personally the failure of any one child.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their children and do not settle for anything less.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • A good teacher can always make a poor student good and a good student superior.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • You can pay people to teach, but not to care.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • Praise is essential in developing the right attitude toward learning and toward school.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • There is a lot of money to be made from miseducation, from the easy to read easy to learn textbooks, workbooks, teacher manuals, educational games and visual aids. The textbook business is more than a billion-dollar-a-year industry and some of its biggest profits come from 'audio-visual aids' — flash cards, tape cassettes, and filmstrips. No wonder the education industry encourages schools to focus on surface education.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • Teaching children to read was one thing; keeping them interested in reading was something else.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • Everything works when the teacher works. It's as easy as that, and as hard.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • When someone is taught the joy of learning, it becomes a life-long process that never stops, a process that creates a logical individual. That is the challenge and joy of teaching.

    • Marva Collins,
    • "Marva Collins: Teaching Success in the City," Message ()
  • Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.

    • Marva Collins,
    • "Marva Collins: Teaching Success in the City," Message ()
  • I cannot change the world, but I do not have to conform.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Terri L. Jewell, ed., The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya ()
  • Until kids decide, 'I am a miracle. I am unique. There is no one else exactly like me,' they can never draw the conclusion, 'Because I'm a miracle, I will never harm another person who's a miracle like me.' In this slippery world, they all need something to hang on to.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Beth Benatovich, ed., What We Know So Far ()

Marva Collins, U.S. educator

(1936 - 2015)

Full name: Marva Deloise Nettles Collins.