"The starting point is wonder, curiosity and the joy of discovery, which external compulsion is more likely to extinguish than ignite."
“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)
“While children’s perceptions of the world and opportunities for genuine spontaneity and creativity are being systematically eliminated from the kindergarten, unquestioned obedience to authority and rote learning of meaningless material are being encouraged.” (Harry L. Gracey, sociologist, “Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp” in H. Stub (ed.) The Sociology of Education: A…
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