"One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year... 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."
- Albert Einstein
"Some day, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit; for such mutilation undercuts the life principle of trust, without which every human act, may it feel ever so good and seem ever so right, is prone to perversion by destructive forms of conscientiousness."
- Erik Erikson
You can't teach anyone anything. You can only help them find it within themselves.
- Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
The idea that education is simply an accumulation of information . . . is a misguided fad of our century. We must provoke curiosity. The bottom line is interest, awe, enjoyment, the establishment of relationships and understanding of other people.
- Dr. Mihaly Cziksentmaihaly
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