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By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’.fn1
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John Holt
“The danger of letting people ask, "Is this the best way to do this job?" is that after a while they may ask, "Is this job worth doing?”
John Holt, Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better: Way to Help People Do Things Better

Neil Postman
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.”
Neil Postman

John Holt
“Despite all the talk about the technological demands of modern society, or the great need of education to enable people to meet these demands, the fact is that most modern work is moronic. It needs almost nothing in training, skill, intelligence, or judgment. During World War II we found that even the most highly skilled industrial jobs, jobs that people supposedly had to spend years learning, could be learned from scratch by most people of average intelligence in a few months.”
John Holt, Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better: Way to Help People Do Things Better

John Holt
“Japanese gardeners, over many centuries, have learned to do things to trees, to clip their roots or trim their branches, to limit their supply of water, air, or sun, so that they live, and for a long time, but only in tiny, shrunken, twisted shapes. Such trees may please us, or they may not. But what could they tell us about the nature of trees? If a tree can be deformed and shrunk, is this, then, its nature? The nature of these trees, given enough of the sun, air, water, soil, and food they need, is to grow like trees, tall and straight. People can be more easily deformed, and worse deformed, even than trees—and more than trees, they feel it, it hurts. But”
John Holt, Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better: Way to Help People Do Things Better

John Holt
“intellectual activity, begins with someone asking a question. That is, someone wondering, puzzled, confused. S-chool books, textbooks, rarely help us to see this. They tell us right answers, but very rarely the questions that first led people to look for those answers. So”
John Holt, Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better: Way to Help People Do Things Better

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