Since we can't know what knowledge
will be most needed in the future,
it is senseless to try to teach it in advance.
Instead, we should try to turn out people
who love learning so much and learn so well
that they will be able to learn
whatever needs to be learned.
Really educated people ...
- establish an individual set of values but recognize those of the surrounding community and of the various cultures of the world.
- explore their own ancestry, culture, and place.
- are comfortable being alone, yet understand dynamics between people and form healthy relationships.
- accept mortality, knowing that every choice affects the generations to come.
- create new things and find new experiences.
- think for themselves; observe, analyze, and discover truth without relying on the opinions of others.
- favor love, curiosity, reverence, and empathy over material wealth.
- choose a vocation that contributes to the common good.
- enjoy a variety of new places and experiences but identify and cherish a place to call home.
- express their own voice with confidence.
- add value to every encounter and every group of which they are a part.
- always ask: Who am I? Where are my limits? What are my possibilities?
John Taylor Gatto
No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, religion or background. Hatred and intolerance have to be learned and, if they can be learned, so can love and tolerance, which are more natural to the human heart. Even in the grimmest times I have seen glimmers of humanity which have reassured me that man's goodness is the flame that can never be extinguished.
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Leonardo DaVinci, 1452-1519
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness;
but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,
so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy
the particular bent of genius of each.
I never teach my pupils;
I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
Little children love the world.
That is why they are so good at learning about it.
For it is love, not tricks and techniques of thought,
that lies at the heart of all true learning.
Can we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow through that love?
Schooling, rather obviously, is what goes on in schools;
education takes place wherever and whenever the nature with which we are born
is nurtured so as to draw out of those capacities
which conduce to true humanity.
The home, the church, the neighborhood, the peer group, the media, the shopping mall...
are all educational institutions.
John Lyon, "Reclaiming the Schools: Reconciling Home and Education", 1994
I and the public know
What all school children learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.
1939, by W.H. Auden, poet
The initial organisation of the brain does not rely that much on experience...
Nature provides a first draft, which experience then revises...
'Built-in' does not mean unmalleable;
it means organized in advanced of experience.
Hjärn-forskaren Gary Marcus, 2004
We are always too busy for our children;
we never give them the time or interest they deserve.
We lavish gifts upon them;
but the most precious gift - our personal association,
which means so much to them - we give grudgingly.
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent.
And those who are enlightened before the others
are condemned to pursue that light in spite of others.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike, than those who think differently.
Nothing is more fatal to the progress of the human mind
than to presume
that our views of science are ultimate.
That our triumphs are complete.
That there are no mysteries in Nature
and that there are no new
worlds to conquer.
Sir Humphry Davy, 1778-1829