Unschooling memes for the week 24
If we continually try to force a child to do what he’s afraid to do, he’ll become more timid and will use his brains and energy not to explore the unknown but to find ways to avoid the pressure we put on him. – John Holt.
Do not train children to learn by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius of each. – Plato.
Wherever I look I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. – Alice Miller.
By preventing a free market in education, a handful of social engineers – backed from the industries that profit from compulsory schooling: teacher colleges, textbook publishers, material suppliers, et al. – has ensured most of our children will not have an education, even though they may be thoroughly schooled. – John Taylor Gatto.