Please touch the snake...

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education...Let [the child] go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks...Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.  "  
~Helen Keller
Posted on February 27, 2010 and filed under "homeschooling", "snakes".