Maria Montessori. “How can we speak of Democracy or Freedom when from the very beginning of life we mold the child to undergo tyranny, to obey a dictator? How can we expect democracy when we have reared slaves? Real freedom begins at the beginning of life, not at the adult stage. These people who have been diminished in their powers, made short-sighted, devitalized by mental fatigue, whose bodies have become distorted, whose wills have been broken by elders who say: “your will must disappear and mine prevail!”- how can we expect them, when school-life is finished, to accept and use the rights of freedom?” 

 

John Dewey. “From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in the school comes from his inability to utilize the experiences he gets outside the school in any complete and free manner within the school itself; while, on the other hand, he is unable to apply in daily life what he is learning at school. That is the isolation of the school — it’s isolation from life.” 

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