is an exchange between Jean Piaget and a very young girl; interestingly,
the little girls insights into physics, while incorrect, show
asked children, "What makes the wind?" A typical Piaget
What makes the wind?
How do you know?
I saw them waving their arms.
How does that make the wind?
(waving her hand in front of his face): Like this. Only they are
bigger. And there are lots of trees.
What makes the wind on the ocean?
It blows there from the land. No. It's the waves...
principal goal of education in the schools should be creating
men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply
repeating what other generations have done; men and women who
are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical
and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered. from
Education for Democracy, Proceedings from the Cambridge School
Conference on Progressive Education (1988)
Every acquisition of accommodation becomes
material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new
accommodations. from The Elaboration of the Universe" in
The Construction of Reality in the Child (1955)