Sorry, I totally flaked out on For the Children’s Sake Friday last week! Back on track today!
“Twaddle. If I were to have to label much educational material today, I’m afraid a large percentage would definitely be twaddle. How colorfully and scientifically our generation talks down to the little child! What insipid, stupid, dull stories are trotted out! And we don’t stop there. We don’t respect the children’s thinking or let them come to any conclusions themselves! We ply them with endless questions, the ones we’ve thought up, instead of being silent and letting the child’s questions bubble up with interest. We tire them with workbooks that would squeeze out the last drop of anybody’s patience. We remove interesting books and squander time on a clinical procedure called “reading skill testing,” using idiotic isolated paragraphs which nobody would dream of choosing to take home to read. The recording of testable features of a child’s taught tricks (“skills”) is held to be more important than the mysterious, exciting growth of a person.“ ~For the Children’s Sake chapter 2