"The starting point is wonder, curiosity and the joy of discovery, which external compulsion is more likely to extinguish than ignite."
“We kill, not only [ children’s ] curiosity, but their feeling that it is a good and admirable thing to be curious, so that by the age of ten most of them will not ask questions, and will show a good deal of scorn for the few who do.” (John Holt, How Children Fail)
“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…