A Quote about Education

United States
August 13, 2012 10:16am CST
Brigham Young, who was a leader of the Mormon Church and a leader in the settlement of the western US in the 1800's He founded Salt Lake City. He once said "You educate a man; you educate of man, you educate a woman; you educate a generation." Your thoughts on this quote?
3 responses
• India
13 Aug 12
Maybe he was trying to stress on the importance of women. As on those times women were treated as lesser beings. A woman can influence men. So if you educate her, she can influence and advice men to take right decisions. But the greater depth lies in the fact that only a woman can bear child. So generations to come depends on women. Also, it is noted that a mother takes important decisions regarding her child's growing up ages. She focuses on the child's education much more than the father. Thus, if she is educated, she can guide her children better. As a result, generations to come are benefited and they turn out to be educated, disciplined and learned. There maybe some other meaning too. But this is what I believe. Good luck!
• United States
13 Aug 12
That is how I interpreted the quote also. Women were the stay at home moms, that was there only role in the 1800 and they also often taught there kids at home so it makes sense that they would be educating the next generation. Dads were so busy, working or farming and education (at least book type education) was not seen as one of their tasks. Thank you for your response.
• India
14 Aug 12
Good to see that we are friends and we also think alike. Haha. Good day!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
15 Aug 12
As a woman, I have to say that I like that quote. However, as a parent, I really don't feel like that quote is quite right. The reason that I say that is because of the fact that I believe that it takes an entire community of people to educate a child and that means that all men and women are important in education. His quote really reminds me of another quote that I've heard which is "You give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, if you teach a man to fish, you are able to feed him for a lifetime."
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
13 Aug 12
Wow. That is quite a statement! There are so many different thoughts to potentially take away from it. Was he saying that men are secretive and don't like to share knowledge? That women are natural teachers sharing what they know with everyone else? Maybe it's just that women are talkers and men are closed-mouthed for the most part so the information doesn't trickle down, lol!