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We Need More Education Of The Heart

I am a firm believer in the education of the heart and the education of the creative impulse. At the risk of sounding too idealistic, I believe that what is dignified, what is gentle, what is poetic and artistic in the human spirit is the most important part of the education of a child. The human being is born as the most defenseless creature on earth.

More than seventy years of neurological research has taught us that the human brain thrives in contact with the maternal heart. In this sense, we can say that the brain is a product of the heart; it is the work of love and it wastes away without the comfort of a caressing hand, of a sweet voice, of a reassuring smile.

The history of civilization, that defines a primitive society as one without written language, teaches us that there is no society, primitive or advanced, without the presence of art, because life is creation and art is the language of the human spirit, indispensable for the survival of human beings and their culture.

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Quotes on Education

It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape --not from our own time, for we are bound by that-- but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our own time. --T.S. Eliot

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Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

Bertrand Russell

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