Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Anne Sullivan and Charlotte Mason

" 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 taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less slowly. Let him come and go 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 suggest that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of colored paper, or plant straw trees in 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 experiences. "
~Anne Sullivan~


  1. What a great quote!

    I so agree yet I struggle. I long to live in the country where my boys(and girl) can build forts, dig holes, explore and collect rocks. Right now I have to tell them "no" to so many inate boy things...like digging holes and all the rocks in our neighbourhood were purchased at Home Depot.

  2. Looks like "Daddy" is a great teacher- brave to get his fingers in the way of a hammer, too:)

  3. I am in full agreement. Can you let me know how to document that for the school system though? I'm just getting a start Maxim's portfolio.


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