Quote of the Month

June

"It seems incredible to me that as a society we don't publicly advocate those values upon which all harmonious social interaction depend - trust, empathy, and affection."

- Elliott Barker,
How Do We Prevent Crime?

Picture: "Yorin Dancing with Mama" by Yorin B., Age 4, Uitgeest, Netherlands
Global Children's Art Gallery

May

"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."

- Albert Einstein

March/April

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."

- Ignacio Estrada

February

"One day in the public garden I see, on a small patch of grass under some trees, a father and a two-year-old girl. The father is lying down; the little girl runs everywhere. What joy to run! Suddenly she stops, looks intently at the ground, bends down, picks something up. A twig! A pebble! She stands up, runs again, sees a pigeon, chases it, suddenly stops and looks up into the sunlit trees, seeing what? Perhaps a squirrel, perhaps a bird, perhaps just the shape and colors of the leaves in the sun. Then she bends down, finds something else, picks it up, examines it. A leaf! Another miracle.

"Gears, twigs, leaves, little children love the world. That is why they are so good at learning about it. For it is love, not tricks and techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning. Can we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow through that love?"

- John Holt,
How Children Learn

Picture: "Color of Spring" by Jasmine T., Age 5, Illinois, USA
Global Children's Art Gallery

January

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

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