EDUCATION

            tao

"Avoid narrow,  dogmatic learning,  especially for the blank minds of the young.
Let nature seek its effortless course  at the great feast of knowledge.
The wise sage studies the cause,  the source,  the root of the problem."


            St. Augustine   354-430

"The wine of error was presented to us in our childhood  by our inebriated teachers:
they punished us when we refused to drink of it,  and we could not
appeal from their sentence to any judge who was not as drunk as they."


            Wordsworth   1770-1850

"The secret of all nature  is to be found in the soul of a child."

 

            Harriet and John Stuart Mill   1865

A general state education is a mere contrivance  for molding people to be exactly alike.
The mold may be a monarch,  priesthood,  aristocracy,  or the majority of
the existing generation.  It establishes a despotism over the mind,
leading by natural tendency to one over the body."

 

            Maria Montessori   1912

"We can't know the consequences of  suppressing a child's spontaneity.
Perhaps we suffocate life itself.
We must reverently respect this first individuality."

 

            Aldous Huxley   1932

"People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God."

 

                    Jesus loves me,  this I know,  
                    For the Bible tells me so
                    Little ones to him belong,       
                    They are weak but he is strong

                    Yes, Jesus loves me                
                    Yes, Jesus loves me
                    Yes, Jesus loves me                
                    The Bible tells me so

 

            Bertrand Russell   1957

"I wish to see a world in which  education is aimed at mental freedom.
We shouldn't imprison the minds of the young  in a rigid armor of dogma calculated to
protect them through life.  The world needs open hearts and open minds,
and it's not through rigid systems,  whether old or new,  that these can be derived."

 

            Pink Floyd   THE WALL   1979

"We don't need no thought control.  Hey teacher!  Leave those kids alone
all in all, you're just another brick in The Wall"

 

                            We learn from history that    we don't learn much from history.

 

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