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Quote of the Month

November

"My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself."

- George Bernard Shaw

Picture: "Thai Silk" by YodKwan P., Age 7, Krabi Province, Thailand
Global Children's Art Gallery

October

"I don't believe that adults should impose their vision of the world on children, children are very much capable of forming their own visions."

- Hayao Miyazaki

September

"What is lovely about children is that they can make such a production, such a big deal, out of everything, or nothing. ... All that energy and foolishness, all that curiosity, questions, talk, all those fierce passions, inconsolable sorrows, immoderate joys, seem to many a nuisance to be endured, if not a disease to be cured. To me they are a national asset, a treasure beyond price."

- John Holt,
How Children Learn

August

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 July

"Empathic parenting means being willing and able to 'put yourself in your child's shoes' in order to correctly identify his/her feelings, and being willing and able to behave toward your child in ways which take those feelings into account."

- Elliott Barker,
from the journal Empathic Parenting

 June

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them."

- Lady Bird Johnson

 May

"Shamefully, human beings are the only mammals to separate mothers from their infants. Dr. John Krystal, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at the Yale School of Medicine, described the impact of maternal separation on the infant as 'profound', citing the recent discovery that the autonomic activity (heart rate and other involuntary nervous system activity) of two-day-old sleeping babies is 176 per cent higher during maternal separation."

- Antonella Gambotto-Burke,
Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution

April

"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."

- Winston Churchill

March

"Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."

- John Holt

February

"A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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