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In Rousseau's view (1762). . . most of the problems of education are problems of motivation, as teachers try to rush things. They talk of geography before the child knows the way around his own backyard. They teach history before the child understand anything about adult motivation. . . . It would be far better, to let questions arise naturally. . . . When a child is self-motivated, the teacher cannot keep him from learning.
As quoted in The Rise and Fall of Childhood, by C. John Sommerville, ch. 12 (rev. 1990).
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