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Derek Bok? Ann Landers? Char Meyers? Robert Orben? John Lubbock? Charles Duncan Mclver? Albert Einstein? Barack Obama? Dear Quote Investigator: The cost of attending college has been increasing more rapidly than the rate of inflation for decades in the U. Students and parents have been struggling with bills and loan payments.

A popular adage offers a provocative perspective:. These words have been attributed to Derek Bok who was a President of Harvard University and to Ann Landers who was a popular syndicated advice columnist. Would you please explore the provenance of this expression?

Quote Investigator: The earliest exact match known to QI appeared in an advertisement for a realty company in June A real estate agent named Char Meyers was featured in the ad which was published in a Madison, Wisconsin newspaper. The adage was displayed as an epigraph at the top of the ad, and it was not really connected to the content. Boldface has been added to excerpts: 1. Beautifully wooded rear yard. QI believes that Char Meyers was an unlikely candidate for authorship of the saying.

But a set of citations that appeared shortly afterward in July did point to a likely contender. The adage was printed in the column and credited Robert Orben: 2 3. Orben was a very successful comedy writer who supplied jokes to others via books and a newsletter. He also wrote material contractually for other comedians, business executives and politicians.

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QI conjectures that Orben constructed this precise formulation; however, the remark was not particularly novel. A variety of statements using the same keywords and expressing the same idea have been circulating since the early s. For example, in an advertisement for a Conservatory of Music in Ottumwa, Iowa contained the following: 4. The saying was linked to Derek Bok because Ann Landers published a column in that credited him.

However, in she wrote a follow-up column stating that Bok had contacted her directly and disclaimed authorship of the quotation. Detailed citations are given further below. Great thanks to top researcher Barry Popik who examined this topic and located key citations. QI and Popik shared research. However; the passage was prolix: 5. Our present free educational institutions are of the highest value to the State.

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The maintenance of them involves a great expense and much care, but it is a wise outlay. Knowledge is less expensive than ignorance. Ignorance is a dangerous and costly factor under any form of government, and under a republican, destructive. In an educator named Professor Turner addressed a group of picnickers in Missouri. The following passage matched the vocabulary and theme of the adage, but it was not concise: 6. He urged the importance of making our educational keep pace with our material prosperity; that on the score of economy the young should be educated; that ignorance is far more expensive than intelligence; that often one act done through ignorance cost more than a classical education.

To-day books were no longer the advantage of the rich, but an advantage which the poor enjoyed equally with the wealthy. In an advertisement for a music school in Iowa included the following adage as mentioned ly: 8. In a Quebec politician named P. The Commissioners should make a judicious choice of teachers, and should know how to estimate their value in offering them fair and suitable pay, that they may excite their zeal and incline them to love their work. If education is expensive, ignorance is still more costly.

The system is no doubt expensive, but we should not grudge money spent on schools. Ignorance is even more expensive than education; and it would be well if all through life we spent as much on the mind, and as little on the body, as possible. In a report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching contained the following passage: A national program of education embraces not only the schools, both elementary and secondary, which train for citizenship, but it embraces also the industrial and technical schools, which aim to make of each citizen an effective economic unit.

Such a complete system of education is expensive, but it is less expensive than ignorance and inefficiency. In the Rev. Morris delivered an address in South Carolina about the opening of a new school and employed an instance of the saying: Thousands of openings in Government and other departments of work now awaiting the equipped man or woman. Education is not as expensive as ignorance. In a newspaper in Mason City, Iowa printed the following piece of wisdom: In Dr. Gordon W. Blackwell quoted his famous predecessor.

In October Ann Landers printed the saying in her widely-distributed column, and she did not provide an attribution. But if you think education is expensive — try ignorance. In March the saying appeared again in the column of Ann Landers. This time the words were ascribed to Derek Bok: In the expression was printed in the column of Ann Landers yet again, but this time Landers reported that Bok had disclaimed the adage: Dear Readers: I wish to set the record straight. I failed to acknowledge my error at the time and wish to do so now. In President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Illinois that included an updated version of the saying for the current century: And if you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century.

The quotation you have mentioned was attributed to me in a column in the s by my good friend, the late Eppie Lederer Ann Landers. Why she attributed it to me I do not know. I did persuade Eppie to correct the error in a subsequent article, but, as usual, the truth has yet to catch up with the perception.

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In conclusion, Robert Orben is currently the leading candidate for crafter of this maxim. However, very similar sayings using the same vocabulary have been circulating and evolving for more than one hundred years. The ascriptions to Ann Landers and Derek Bok are not supported because both have disclaimed credit. Great thanks to Lars Hegemann whose inquiry led QI to formulate this question and perform this exploration.

Shapiro who also have explored the history of this saying. A popular adage offers a provocative perspective: If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Boldface has been added to excerpts: 1 If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Here are additional selected citations in chronological order. However; the passage was prolix: 5 Our present free educational institutions are of the highest value to the State.

The following passage matched the vocabulary and theme of the adage, but it was not concise: 6 He urged the importance of making our educational keep pace with our material prosperity; that on the score of economy the young should be educated; that ignorance is far more expensive than intelligence; that often one act done through ignorance cost more than a classical education. In a report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching contained the following passage: 11 A national program of education embraces not only the schools, both elementary and secondary, which train for citizenship, but it embraces also the industrial and technical schools, which aim to make of each citizen an effective economic unit.

Morris delivered an address in South Carolina about the opening of a new school and employed an instance of the saying: 12 Thousands of openings in Government and other departments of work now awaiting the equipped man or woman. In a newspaper in Mason City, Iowa printed the following piece of wisdom: 13 Education is expensive—until you compare it with the cost of ignorance.

In the expression was printed in the column of Ann Landers yet again, but this time Landers reported that Bok had disclaimed the adage: 20 Dear Readers: I wish to set the record straight. In President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Illinois that included an updated version of the saying for the current century: 22 And if you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century. Image Notes: Panoramic picture of a library from Pexels at Pixabay. Guernsey, Concord, New Hampshire. Accessed chronicle.

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