|Frederick Warren Freer Mother and Child Reading|
The children's thought was stimulated, and they felt they had it in them to say much about a doll's ball, Peter the school cat, or whatever other subject struck their fancy. 'They felt their feet,' as the nurses say of children when they begin to walk; and our non-success in education is a good deal due to the fact that we carry children through their school work and do not let them feel their feet.
She goes on to talk about how we prod the children constantly and do not let them stand or fall by their own efforts. She says we end up "depending upon prodders and encourage a vast system of prodding...and society falls into those who prod and those who are prodded...marks, prizes, exhibitions, are all prods; and a system of prodding is apt to obscure the meaning of must and ought for the boy of girl who gets into the habit of mental and moral lolling up against his prods."
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