A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 11, 2012
“Every day is a school day” (education adage)

"Every day is a school day” means the same thing as “you learn something new every day.” The saying is often associated with “the world is a/my/our classroom/school,” meaning that learning can take place outside of a school day and a school classroom.

“Every day is a school day” has been cited in print since at least 1921, when it was said by the Rotarian Walter S. Young, an assistant superintendant of schools at Worcester, Massachusetts.


Wiktionary: every day is a school day
Proverb
every day is a school day

1.You learn something new every day.

Urban Dictionary
every day’s a school day
Phrase that means the same as “you learn something new every day” - basically what someone says when the are told something they didn’t know before.
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by brendan Dec 23, 2004

8 April 1921, Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID), “School Days,” pg. 4, col. 2:
A Rotary club speaker in Boston the other day said this:

“The educational forces of modern society are not confined to schools. It is a distinct feature of our time that everywhere the extension idea of education is gaining wide anr surer acceptance. To the alert man every day is a school day. He unconsciously paraphrases a historic utterance and lives by the motto, ‘The world is my school.’”

Google Books
September 1921, The Rotarian, pg. 162:
Education: A Factor in Attendance
By WALTER S. YOUNG
Rotarian Young is Assistant Superintendant of Schools at Worcester, Massachusetts
The educational forces of modern society are not confined to schools. It is a distinct feature of our time that everywhere the extension idea of education is gaining wide anr surer acceptance. To the alert man every day is a school day. He unconsciously paraphrases a historic utterance and lives by the motto, “The world is my school.”

Google News Archive
10 February 1922, Schenectady (NY) Gazette, “Uncommon Sense” by John Blake, pg. 6, col. 4:
EVERY DAY IS A SCHOOL DAY
You will never gain any knowledge unless you have the thirst for it.

2 November 1960, Evening World-Herald (Omaha, NE), “‘Bootstrap’ Program Director in Omaha,” pg. 23, col. 1:
The man in charge of the “bootstrap” educational program for banking employes was in Omaha Tuesday night.

Milton Darr. Chicago, explained: “Since there is so much to know in the business, every day is a school day.”

Google Books
The Bloke’s Guide to Babies
By Jon Smith
Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc.
2008
Pg. 47:
Every day is a school day.

Google Books
When Sparrows Fall: a novel
By Meg Moseley
Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books
2011
Pg. 61:
“Indeed, every day’s a school day. The world is our classroom.”

CMV Live
Published On: Wed, Jan 4th, 2012
The Importance of Staff Training
As the old adage goes, every day is a school day and the same applies to the world of work. In a fast paced and highly competitive employment scene, it’s important to keep your staff on top of their game as well as incentivizing your business via staff training.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • (0) Comments • Friday, May 11, 2012 • Permalink