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László Polgár is a Hungarian psychologist who believes that “genius is made not born.” He decided to test his theory by running an experiment to raise his three daughters to be geniuses. They didn’t go to school. When she was four years old, his eldest daughter discovered a chess board in the house, and László began to teach her. Within 6 months, she was winning against adults. After a year, she beat her father. All three daughters became chess prodigies, traveling to international championships. One was the best female chess player in the world and another took second place. Through László Polgár’s experiment we learn that all children have great potential if only we invest in them.

  • "It is very important that the child likes what they are doing; only then will it be possible to inspire a long period of fruitful labor."
  The fact that I did not send my daughters to school is, of course, connected to the fact that I hold an unfavorable opinion of it. I criticize contemporary schools because they do not educate for life, they equalize everyone to a very low level, and in addition, they do not tolerate the talented and those who diverge from the average.
  Let us take this step by step, and start with your first remark: schools do not educate for life. Is the old Latin saying “One learns not for the sake of school, but of life” pointless?
  Contemporary schools are separate from real life in that they function sort of as laboratories. There is no link with domestic or political or local public life or the everyday cares of living one’s life on the one hand, and school on the other.
  My daughters, who have never visited a school, grew up much more in the context of real life. Contemporary schools do not promote a love of learning. They do not inspire to great achievements; they raise neither autonomous people nor communally-oriented ones...
  The teacher cannot “tailor” the study material for most of the students’ individual needs. So, they cannot make each child work to their potential. Too often they must make the whole class mechanically repeat more or less identical tasks.”
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Updated 3mo ago
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Majambo ya binadamu yana kujaa na kupwa, Yakidakwa yamejaa huongoza ushindini; yakipuuzwa, safari yote ya maisha yao haiachi maji mafu, na hujaa madhilifu. Sisi sasa twaelea katika maji makuu; Twapaswa kuyatumia yangali yakitufaa, ama sivyo tutakosa yote. -Shakespeare, Juliasi Kaizari, Tafsiri ya J. K. Nyerere

There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. - Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
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Updated 5mo ago
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Ukidhibiti fikra za mtu, hakuna haja kudhibiti matendo yake. 
- Carter G. Woodson

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it."
- The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

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Art from "O Negro Cipião" by Paul Cézanne, painted 1866-1868 (Public Domain) 
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Updated 8mo ago
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Toys are children's words and play is their language. 
-Johnson John, Elimu Yetu Librarian
Midoli ni maneno ya watoto na michezo ni lugha yao.
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Updated 10mo ago
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"The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women. Instead of studying books so constantly, how I wish that our schools and colleges might learn to study men and things!"
-Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery, page 50-51

Kadri umri unavyokwenda ndivyo naamini zaidi hakuna elimu unayoweza kuipata kupitia vitabu na gharama kubwa ambayo ni sawa kama elimu unayoweza kuipata kwa kuwafahamu wanaume na wanawake bora. Badala ya kusoma vitabu tu sikuzote, natamani sana shule zetu na vyuo vyetu wajifunze kusoma watu na mambo!
-Booker T. Washington, Kutoka Utumwani - Up From Slavery

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Updated 10mo ago
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Men at some time are masters of their fates.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings. 
- Cassius in Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare
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Watu wakati mwingine hutawala sudi zao:
Kosa, mpenzi Buruto, si kosa la nyota zetu, kwamba tu watu wa chini,
bali ni letu wenyewe.
 - Kasio katika Juliasi Kaizari, Tamthilia iliotafsiriwa na Julius K. Nyerere
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Updated 10mo ago
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"The hundred hills of Atlanta are not all crowned with factories. On one, toward the west, the setting sun throws three buildings in bold relief against the sky. The beauty of the group lies in its simple unity... In a half-dozen class-rooms they gather then,--here to follow the love-song of Dido, here to listen to the tale of Troy divine; there to wander among the stars, there to wander among men and nations,--and elsewhere other well-worn ways of knowing this queer world. Nothing new, no time-saving devices,--simply old time-glorified methods of delving for Truth, and searching out the hidden beauties of life, and learning the good of living. The riddle of existence is the college curriculum that was laid before the Pharaohs, that was taught in the groves by Plato, that formed the trivium and quadrivium, and is to-day laid before the freedmen's sons by Atlanta University. And this course of study will not change; its methods will grow more deft and effectual, its content richer by toil of scholar and sight of seer; but the true college will ever have one goal,--not to earn meat, but to know the end and aim of that life which meat nourishes." 
- W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, <a href="https://www.maktaba.org/download/file/746#page=65">page 65</a>
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