Education quote from M. Scott Peck

Posted: February 11, 2009 in Education

From the blog

Then there was this rather sobering reflection on the state of education today from Richard Peck:

You can teach children, or you can fear their parents, but you can’t do both.

So true. When teachers pander to parents, children lose. They become spoiled, weak, vain, self-indulgent. Parents can’t always demand enough from their children — we are too close, too sympathetic. A good teacher will take a child and force them to do better than they thought they could. And it will cost the child. It will be hard. It will make them work, think, cry even. But it will make them grow.


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