“For generations we have tried to make the world a better place by providing more and more schooling but so far the endeavour has failed. What we have learned instead is that forcing all children to climb an open-ended ladder cannot enhance equality but must favour the individual who starts out earlier, healthier, or better prepared; that enforced instruction deadens for most people the will for independent learning; and that knowledge, treated as a commodity, delivered in packages and accepted as private property, once it is acquired, must always be scarce.”
– Ivan Illich, 1974
Human beings are by nature curious, active and exploratory. People learn in real-life situations by problem-solving and by interacting with their environment. Learning occurs in random and informal ways. It is motivated by the needs and interests of students, therefore education should not be forced to submit to an obligatory curriculum.
– John Glazebrook