‘I am sure if we all had the chance to send every human being in the wilderness for three or four days without food, alone, just being there, this would bring about an enormous change on our planet.’
- Steven Foster"
"If we want children to learn, we must allow them to think and to ask difficult questions that may or may not have clear or straightforward answers. Not only is this a requirement for education, it is also a necessity for justice and democracy. A teacher who can guide students to arrive at choices and decisions that differ from the ones the teacher herself would make, is teaching for democracy. To respect and include views, perspectives and choices that are not intuitive to the teacher nor part of the culture from which the teacher originates, is truly to teach for democratic engagement. While people must be free to disagree with one another, they must also retain respect for the dignity and humanity of each person, no matter how objectionable that person’s views may be. It has been said that democracy requires diversity of opinion, because one cannot know something to be true without having considered all the opinions on it. Quelling or censoring divergent opinions does not lead to learning. It leads to frustration and disharmony."