Category Archives: Quotations

Where Are You Trying to Get?

In his book How Children Fail (New York: A Merloyd Lawrence Book, 1982), John Holt recounted an incident from his time as a teacher. He was making a child recopy a page until it had three mistakes or fewer, but … Continue reading

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Teach Your Own

Teach Your Own by John Holt is a book about homeschooling, or “unschooling” which I read a few months ago. It covers why children should not be in public schools, defenses and advantages of homeschooling, the way children learn, logistics … Continue reading

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Tracks in the Snow

I looked out of my window one morning and saw this:   The ground was covered with tracks from people hauling firewood to the porch and from the cat running back and forth. It reminded me of a story from … Continue reading

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Sickness in Large Families

I’m from a large family, most of whom are just recovering from some kind of beginning-of-winter cold. While they were sick, I was reminded of this scene from the book I just finished reading, Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens: At … Continue reading

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From Chapter XXXVIII of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens: ‘How Mr. Winkle, When He Stepped Out of the Frying-Pan, Walked Gently and Comfortable into the Fire’: “And a very snug little business you have, no doubt?” said Mr. Winkle … Continue reading

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August

From Chapter XVI of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens: ‘Too Full of Adventure to Be Briefly Described’: There is no month in the whole year in which nature wears a more beautiful appearance than in the month of August. … Continue reading

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