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Filed Under (Learning, Teaching) by Andrew Reid on 21-02-2008

While researching “Learn to Learn” programmes I came across this quote from John Holt that sums up really well how I feel about educating our children.

“Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”

While this looks like a modern quote written for a technology driven world with a high rate of change it is in fact a lot older as John died in 1985. Like many of the best quotes it is enduring and timeless.


2 Comments posted on "Love of learning"
Zoe on March 21st, 2008 at 10:19 am #

Would you mind telling me the source of John Holt’s quote?
Thanks a lot!

Andrew Reid on July 17th, 2010 at 4:09 am #

Hi Zoe

I believe it is in “How children fail” on p291 (1995/1964).


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