Tuesday, March 25, 2008

teach your children

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.

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) physician, educator, philosopher

born on this day in 1934 gloria steinem, feminist activist, theorist, journalist, and writer. happy birthday gloria.
quote of note:
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn.

photo: a hitching on ride on papa's back, hale farm and village march 2008


R.L. Bourges said...

wonderful photo and Montessori is a favorite of mine. Do you know the French psychiatrist Fran├žoise Dolto? Also a great voice for children.
you can learn about her here:

taco said...

I learn so much when I visit here--(off to find info on Dolto)

Anonymous said...

lovely picture - great quote. thanks!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

lee - thanks for the heads up on dolto, I never heard of her but am quite familiar with her colleague jacques lacan. however, I used to go to a place that was very, very similar to the description of her maison verte creation for a couple years a couple years ago with one of the children in my village.

thanks so much I enjoyed the link and look forward to seeing if I can find translated versions of some of her work... the site is still very much under construction.

taco - thanks for dropping in! you have a very interesting site, I look forward to seeing how it progresses.... we are all just works in progress, no?

anonymous, thanks - of course I always wish to know who my anonymouse visitors are! as a mouse I'm one curious cat!