You cannot teach a man
Teach only when cornered, otherwise let the people learn.
What we do, if we are
successful, is to stir interest in the matter at hand, awaken enthusiasm for
it, arouse a curiosity, kindle a feeling, fire up the imagination...full
The mediocre teacher tells.
A democratic education means that we educate people in a way that
ensures they can think independently, that they can use information,
knowledge, and technology, among other things, to draw their own
There are two modes of knowledge: through argument and
through experience. Argument brings conclusions and compels us to concede
them, but it does not cause certainty nor remove doubts that the mind may
rest in truth, unless this is provided by experience.
In roughly the last century, important experiments have
been launched by such charismatic educators as Maria Montessori, Rudolf
Steiner, Shinichi Suzuki, John Dewey, and A. S. Neil. These approaches
have enjoyed considerable success[...] Yet they have had relatively little
impact on the mainstream of education throughout the contemporary world.
It takes a village to raise a child
Reasoning with a
child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying
Education has produced a vast population able to
read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
It is little short of a miracle that modern
methods of instruction have not completely strangled the holy curiosity of
should educate us out of self into something far finer;
Reading and writing, arithmetic and
grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon
constitute a dinner.
The ultimate aim of education is to enable individuals to become the architects of their own education and through that process to continually reinvent themselves. I start with the assumption that in a certain significant sense, mind is not present at birth. Minds are invented when humans interact with the culture in and through which they live. Brains are biological. They are conferred at life's beginnings. Minds are cultural; and although there is not sharp line between what is biological and what is cultural - they define each other - the overriding perspective I want to commend is that schools have something to significant to do with the invention of mind. The invention of mind in schools is promoted both by the opportunities located in the curriculum and by the school's wider culture. They are found in the forms of mediation through which the curriculum and schooling as a culture take place. In this sense, the curriculum is...a mind-altering device.
The important outcomes of schooling include not only the
acquisition of new conceptual tools, refined sensibilities, a developed
imagination, and new routines and techniques, but also new attitudes and
dispositions. The disposition to continue to learn throughout life is
perhaps one of the most important contributions that schools can make to an
To one who, journeying through night and