Inspiration Deficit Disorder

Instead of an “attention-deficient” student, we ought to worry about an “inspiration-deficient” classroom

Teen transitions

As the web manager for the Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page, I somehow got put on the newsletter mailing list for TeenMentalHealth.org. […] the main reason I’m blogging about this is to let you know of something else I discovered on the Teen Mental Health website: an online or downloadable booklet called Transitions. […]

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“Children are people…”

“Children are people; they grow into tomorrow only as they live today.” (John Dewey)

“…try ignorance”

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” (Derek Bok)

“Imagination is more important…”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Albert Einstein)

“Was it time well spent?”

“The adults of today spent twenty-five hours of their young lives learning quadratic equations, with varying degrees of success. Was it time well spent?” (Philip Gammage)

“The starting point is…”

“The starting point is wonder, curiosity and the joy of discovery, which external compulsion is more likely to extinguish than ignite.” (Philip Coggin)

“The most beautiful thing in the world…”

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!” (Wanda Landowska)

“Birds fly, fish swim…”

“Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much