Friday, January 05, 2007

More Quotes

"We don't have to make human beings smart. They are born smart.
All we have to do is stop doing the things that made them stupid."
John Holt

"The problem is fundamental. Put twenty or more children of roughly the same age in a little room, confine them to desks, make them wait in lines, make them behave. It is as if a secret commission, now lost in history, had made a study of children and, having figured out what the greatest number were least disposed to do, declared that all of them should do it."
Tracy Kidder

"I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive."
John W. Gardner, No Easy Victories, 1968

"I am inclined to think that one's education has been in vain if one fails to learn that most schoolmasters are idiots."
Hesketh Pearson (1887-1964)

"Children are notoriously curious about everything - everything except... the things people want them to know. It then remains for us to refrain from forcing any kind of knowledge upon them, and they will be curious about everything."
Floyd Dell (1887-1969), Were You Ever a Child ?

On the News: Teacher 'called pupil a cripple'
Link: How is home education sustainable? by Sally Lever


mcewen said...

Thanks for the link - BBC's the best [not that I'm biased or anything you understand!]
Funny how you assume that that kind of opinion and language died a couple of generations ago.
We both seem to be considering 'generational' matters.

Paula said...

Yes, it's amazing how some attitudes seem so hard to shift...