||Previous Quotes of the Month for 2007
"Take the hand of your child and invite her to
go out and sit with you on the grass. The two of you may want to
contemplate the green grass, the little flowers that grow among the
grasses, and the sky. Breathing and smiling together - that is peace
education. If we know how to appreciate these beautiful things, we will
not have to search for anything else. Peace is available in every
moment, in every breath, in every step."
Thich Nhat Hanh,
Peace is Every Step
"Play is the highest form of
"No one is born hating another person because
of the color of their skin, religion or background. Hatred and
intolerance have to be learned and, if they can be learned, so can love
and tolerance, which are more natural to the human heart. Even in the
grimmest times I have seen glimmers of humanity which have reassured me
that man's goodness is the flame that can never be extinguished."
"We shall not achieve any significant change
in society until we focus not only on what it means to be a parent, but
also on what it means to be a child."
Founder of What About
"We do not stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing."
"Kids don't resist learning; they resist
The Underground History of American Education
"Somehow we have lost the capacity to
recognize ourselves in each other. You know, people talk a lot about the
federal deficit, but one of the things that I always talk about is an
"The child must know that he is a miracle,
that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the
end of the world there will not be, another child like him."
"The quality of our race turns on the quality
of the parents; and especially does the quality of the child turn on the
peace, happiness, and well-being of the mother. We can never have a
noble race of men until we have a noble race of mothers. And in order to
be a noble woman, this woman must be economically free. The world is
changing - all things are being made new. What we want is a fixed and
firm faith that wherever and whenever a mother holds in her arms a babe,
hugging it to her heart, crooning to it a lullaby, there is God. When
this time comes, the state will provide a pension for every mother who
cares for her babe."
Fra Magazine, 1914
"It is part of the mythology of childhood
itself that children hate learning and will avoid it at all
costs. Of course, anyone who has had a child knows what an absurd lie
this is. From infancy onward, children are the most fantastic learners
in the world."
"Schooling: The Hidden Agenda"
"A child whose life is full of the threat and
fear of punishment is locked into babyhood. There is no way for him to
grow up, to learn to take responsibility for his life and acts. Most
important of all, we should not assume that having to yield to the
threat of our superior force is good for the child's character. It is
never good for anyone's character."
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