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." - Maria Montessori
"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child." - Maria Montessori
"Adults look upon a child as something empty that is to be filled through their own efforts, as something inert and helpless for which they must do everything, as something lacking an inner guide and in constant need of inner direction. . . . An adult who acts in this way, even though he may be convinced that he is filled with zeal, love, and a spirit of sacrifice on behalf of his child, unconsciously suppresses the development of the child's own personality." - Maria Montessori
"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." - Maria Montessori
"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry." - Maria Montessori
"Learning is more than the acquisition of the ability to think; it is the acquisition of many specialised abilities for thinking about a variety of things" - Lev Vygotsky
"It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of enquiry" - Albert Einstein
"The academic curriculum values two abilities above all others: a particular soft of critical analysis and short-term memory....But what about others whose real interests or abilities lie elsewhere? For them education has always been an alienating experience. The sense of alienation is compounded by the structures of schooling: the subject divisions, the 40 minute periods, the bells and the queues."
- Sir Ken Robinson
"The truth is that creativity is not a separate part of the brain that lights up only in certain people or during particular activities. Creativity is possible in possible in science, in technology, in management, in business, in music, in any activity that engages human intelligence."
- Sir Ken Robinson
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
"As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form and is itself a major source of development."
"The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in the studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours."
"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to create conditions under which they can learn." - Albert Einstein
"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself."
"Most of us would protest that of course we love our children without any strings attached. But what counts is how things look from the perspective of the children"
- Alfie Kohn
About punishing children - "Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse?" - Jane Nelsen