"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

John Holt Quotes for 2/17

Thanks to all my unschooling e-friends for continually sharing!

"It's not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a wrong idea from the word go. It's a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life."

"Education... now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, consumers, spectators, and fans, driven more and more, in all parts of their lives, by greed, envy, and fear. My concern is not to improve 'education' but to do away with it, to end the ugly and antihuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves."

"True learning-learning that is permanent and useful,that leads to intelligent action and further learning, can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner"

"Standardized testing for children is the equivalent of a gardener pulling his plants up by the root to see if they are growing"

"The most important thing any teacher has to learn, not to be learned in any school of education I ever heard of, can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."

"All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted."

"Education – compulsory schooling, compulsory learning – is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can."






2 comments:

Erika Seirup said...

"Standardized testing for children is the equivalent of a gardener pulling his plants up by the root to see if they are growing"

A most excellent quote. It is a raw, visual way to really explain it. Thanks for these :)

Lesa McMahon said...

Love that Holt guy.

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