29 July 2010

Einstein on Destructive Schooling

"...It is little short of a miracle that modern methods if instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry, because what this delicate little plant needs most, apart from initial stimulation, is freedom: without that it is destroyed. ... I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of it's voraciousness, if one could force it with a whip to eat continuously whether it were hungry or not...". - Albert Einstein as quoted by Carl Sagan in "Broca's Brain" pg 25

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