”Organized education operates on the assumption that children learn only when and only what and only because we teach them.
This is not true. It is very close to 100% false.”
Children only learn WHEN we teach them
Children only learn WHAT we teach them
Children only learn BECAUSE we teach them
We believe these premises are INCORRECT
(Translation, John Holt)
”The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
”Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.”
”I’m not a person who thinks the world would be entirely different if it was run by women. If you think that, you’ve forgotten what high school was like.”
(Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, on women in leadership)
”We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
”Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
“In ‘developed’ societies, we are so accustomed to centralized control over learning that it has become functionally invisible to us, and most people accept it as natural, inevitable, and consistent with the principles of freedom and democracy.”
“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.”
ניצבים אנו לפני העובדה הפרדוכסלית, שהחינוך נהפך לאחד המכשולים העיקריים בפני
האינטליגנציה והמחשבה החופשית
(Bertrand Russell above quote translated to Hebrew)
“And when someone don’t fit into a neat little box… the answer ain’t to squeeze them in there even harder. You build a bigger box”.
(From the movie Joyful Noise)
“Why saddle our youth with the burden of authoritarian schools? Why ought the better part of a young person’s day pass in the atmosphere of powerlessness, of demeaning and dictatorial rigidity, perpetual boredom, and behavior modification? Why, in a democratic society, should an individual’s first real contact with a formal institution be so profoundly anti-democratic?”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle”.
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality”.
“Labels are for cans”.
(George H. W. Bush)
“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world then a transformation of the way we raise our children.”
“The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.”