The test of the correctness of the educational procedure is the happiness of the child. – Maria Montessori.
If the purpose of learning is to score well in a test, we’ve lost sight for the real reason for learning. – Jeannie Fulbright.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. – Margaret Mead.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers.
Children know how to appreciate the journey. They delight in the things they miss as we rush to our destination. – Ken Davis.
Learning to read is easy, and most children will do it more quickly and better and with more pleasure if they can do it themselves, untaught, untested, and helped only when and if they ask for help. – John Holt.
Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them. – Ludwig von Mises.
If I had to make a general rule for living and working with children, it might be this: be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued. – John Holt.
The idea that children need to be around many youngsters in order to be “socialized” is perhaps the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing today. – Dr. Raymond Moore.
The goal of parenting is to create self-sufficient values in children. Applying external pressure and punishments tends to teach them fear-based compliance rather than the internalization of moral standards. – Stefan Molyneux.