Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Myth of the School - II


“....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”
-John Holt

“Grade school is the snooze button on the clock-radio of life”
- John Rogers

“The principle goal of education is to create men and woman who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done”
-Jean Piaget


“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry: for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of FREEDOM. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry, especially if the food ... handed out under such coercion, were to be selected accordingly”
-Albert Einstein

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is”
-Isaac Asimov

“To love one’s children is to be in complete communication with them: it is to see that they have the right kind of education that will help them to be sensitive, intelligent and integrated” from”Education And The Significance Of Life”
-by J Krishnamurti

What we do with education is up to us. To leave it in the hands of politicians and experts is to deny our own intelligence, creativity and love, which is regenerative. “Those who love their children and the children about them, and who are therefore in earnest, will see to it that the right school is started somewhere around the corner, or in their own home.”
-Bill Taylor, Director of Brock Wood Park School.

Sourced from www.altenativeeducationindia.net and elsewhere