Scholastically our daughters did very well in school but we decided to leave formal schooling in the middle school to be able to enjoy the freedom and the responsibility of learning. Since that time they did not learn for scores or degrees, they learned simply because learning is very natural and fundamental process of life. And only then they could discover their true calling in life.
"I now suspect that many "retarded" children are indeed made rather than born. The process works like this: First, a child who is not following usual paths or timetables of development is "diagnosed," which is to say labeled, as being defective; secondly, the child is treated as if he or she were defective - all in the name of care, treatment, therapy; thirdly, the child learns to think of himself as defective; and finally, he more and more becomes what the experts said he was."
- John Holt (How Children Fail; p100)
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