August 1, 2010

 Quote from a worthwhile essay by John Gatto:

Bertrand Russell once observed that American schooling was among the most radical experiments in human history, that America was deliberately denying its children the tools of critical thinking. When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That's if you want to teach them to think. There is no evidence that this has been a State purpose since the start of compulsion schooling.


Debbie said...

I read this a week or so ago - hard to understand how people can't see the method behind the madness.

Cecelia (CC) said...

Bertrand Russell - what a powerful, exciting mind. Have not read a word of his since high school. He must have been conservative or I would not have met him on our shelves. Thx for your good mind keeping us awake!!