22 July 2009

"Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things..."

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience."
Anne Sullivan

10 comments:

  1. So inspiring - thank-you :)

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  2. lovely quote - and photo to go along!

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  3. Thank you! I love this quote but had forgotten it along the way. :)

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  4. a wonderful quote . . . I couldn't agree more. Glad to see sunnyboy outside where he can put his world together all himself, :-)

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  5. You're speaking my language with this quote. We've home educated our kids for the past 12 years. One graduated college already, another high school and the final one is done in May. Yippee! Very fun journey.
    Heidi

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  6. What a great photo of sunnyboy, and such a lovely quote. Such inspiration!

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  7. Truly inspirational, beautiful!
    I love the creativity in sunnyboy's artwork, the rocks on the wheels are fabulous!

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  8. inspiring words. sunnyboy is so awesome, as are you, his mum.

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