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The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future.
We cannot create observers by saying observe, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses
We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist.
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