“La curiosité des enfants…”

“La curiosité des enfants est un penchant de la nature qui va comme au devant de l’instruction ; ne manquez pas d’en profiter.” (Fénelon — 1651-1715)

“Believe nothing…”

“Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it . . . or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conductive to the

“C’est la profonde ignorance qui …”

“C’est la profonde ignorance qui inspire le ton dogmatique.” (Jean de La Bruyère — 1645-1696)

“You cannot teach a man anything…”

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” (Galileo)

“Les vraies études …”

“Les vraies études sont celles qui apprennent les choses utiles à la vie humaine.” (Jacques Bénigne Bossuet — 1627-1704)

The University of Planet Earth

“I quit college and enrolled as a student at the University of Planet Earth, the world’s oldest and largest educational institution. It has billions of professors, tens of millions of books, and unlimited course offerings. Tuition is free, and everybody designs his or her own major.” (William Upski Wimsatt, in Utne Reader, May/June, 1998)

“L’éducation … commence à la naissance.”

“L’éducation de l’homme commence à sa naissance.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

“The illiterate of the 21st century…”

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler)

“Une éducation trop rigide…”

“Une éducation trop rigide glace l’âme, une éducation trop lâche la perd.” (Pierre Reverdy ; Le livre de mon bord – 1948)

Meaningless Answers

“Our ‘Tell’em-and-test’em’ way of teaching leaves most students increasingly confused, aware that their academic success rests on shaky foundations, and convinced that school is mainly a place where you follow meaningless procedures to get meaningless answers to meaningless questions…” (John Holt, How Children Fail)