No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination.
We are afraid of ideas, of experimenting, of change. We shrink from thinking a problem through to a logical conclusion.
We are bothered a good deal by people who assume the responsibility of the world when God is neglectful.
Yes, I am proud, and very humble too.
Language grows out of life, out of its needs and experiences…Language and knowledge are indissolubly connected; they are interdependent. Good work in language presupposes and depends on a real knowledge of things.
If the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself.
Too often, I think, children are required to write before they have anything to say. Teach them to think and read and talk without self-repression, and they will write because they cannot help it.
Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.
You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.
We have no firm hold on any knowledge or philosophy that can lift us out of our difficulties.
You can’t touch love, but you can feel the sweetness that it pours into everything.
The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers; so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments.
The wrong things are predominantly stressed in the schools – things remote from the student’s experience and need.
Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy.
Obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.
A strenuous effort must be made to train young people to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives.
Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
We all make mistakes, as the hedgehog said as he climbed off the scrubbing brush
The processes of teaching the child that everything cannot be as he wills it are apt to be painful both to him and to his teacher.
I’d rather break stones on the king’s highway than hem a handkerchief.
I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.
My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed!
I think that there are some teachers that do a very good job of incorporating culture and history. And there are some teachers who could use a little more help in that area.
Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.
Why, it is as easy to teach the name of an idea, if it is clearly formulated in the child’s mind, as to teach the name of an object.
It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind; this privilege is mine.
The immediate future is going to be tragic for all of us unless we find a way of making the vast educational resources of this country serve the true purpose of education, truth and justice.
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Is it not true, then, that my life with all its limitation touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful? Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be, therein to be content.
People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
If my parents didn’t push me and didn’t support education, I probably wouldn’t be here today…. Regardless of whatever they went through and how they may have been treated, they felt education was important. So, it’s easier when you have the parents who support it, rather than those who don’t.
We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.
Our material eye cannot see that a stupid chauvinism is driving us from one noisy, destructive, futile agitation to another.
I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better , if less "showily." Let him come and go freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself… Teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.