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He finds it mysterious and exciting that the label that said FRUIT COCKTAIL yesterday still says it today–always says it. And indeed it is mysterious and exciting that, in writing, we should be able to freeze and preserve for as long as we want such perishable goods as thought and speech.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:13pm on October 21, 2017

We can hardly ever hurt children by putting too much information within their reach.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:12pm on October 21, 2017

The anxiety children feel at constantly being tested, their fear of failure, punishment, and disgrace, severely reduces their ability both to perceive and to remember, and drives them away from the material being studied and into strategies for fooling teachers into thinking they know what they really don’t know.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:12pm on October 21, 2017

Confronted with what we do not know, we try to protect ourselves by saying that it is not worth knowing.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:11pm on October 21, 2017

It can’t be said too often: we get better at using words, whether hearing, speaking, reading, or writing, under one condition and only one–when we use those words to say something we want to say, to people we want to say it to, for purposes that are our own.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:11pm on October 21, 2017

Bill Hull once said to me, “Who needs the most practice talking in school? Who gets the most?” Exactly. The children need it, the teacher gets it.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:11pm on October 21, 2017

Most of us are tactful enough with other adults not to point out their errors, but not many of us are ready to extend this courtesy (or any other courtesy, for that matter) to children.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:10pm on October 21, 2017

When we see a chair in a room, we can easily imagine that chair in another part of the room, or in another room, or by itself. But for the baby the chair is an integral part of the room he sees.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:10pm on October 21, 2017

A child doesn’t work that way. He is used to getting his answers out of the noise. He has, after all, grown up in a strange world where everything is noise, where he can only understand and make sense of a tiny part of what he experiences.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:10pm on October 21, 2017

She showed that very little children could easily be taught to move, not just exuberantly, but also deftly, precisely, gently.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

It is probably a mistake, anyway, to assume that whatever little children touch they will destroy, and that we must therefore keep them from touching anything that is not theirs. This dampens their curiosity and confidence.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it, to do the things that he sees bigger people doing. Why can’t we make more use of this great drive for understanding and competence?

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

As I have since learned very well, little children strongly dislike being given more help than they ask for.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:09pm on October 21, 2017

His message could be summed up, You cannot learn anything about yourself from your own experience, but must believe whatever we experts tell you.

How Children Learn by John Holt 3:08pm on October 21, 2017

But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:03pm on October 21, 2017

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:03pm on October 21, 2017

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:02pm on October 21, 2017

The “well-rounded man.” This isn’t just an epigram — life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3:01pm on October 21, 2017

Given the precision and the vagueness, you are forced to re-see the lilacs of your own experience.

Portraits — John Berger 3:01pm on October 21, 2017

The Impressionist vocabulary of images is that of a popular dream, the awaited, beloved, secular Sunday.

Portraits — John Berger 3:00pm on October 21, 2017