No human right, except the right to life itself, is more fundamental than this. A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take from someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought. We say, in effect, you must think not about what interests and concerns you, but about what interests and concerns us.
Should we honor our children’s right to curiosity, their right to not only choose what they want to learn, but from whom they want to learn it?
John Holt, child advocate and supporter of school reform thinks so. Read more about natural learning here and when you’ve finished, please comment and tell us your thoughts!