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People cannot learn by having information pressed into their brains. Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed in. First, one must create a state of mind that craves knowledge, interest and wonder. You can teach only by creating an urge to know.

Victor Weisskopf: The Privilege of Being a Physicist W.H.Freeman



Life is like a jigsaw puzzle . . . but you don't have to have the picture on the front of the box to know what it's supposed to look like. Sometimes you're not even sure you have all the pieces

Roger von Oech;A Wack on the Side of the Head,© 1983-90.

 Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each piece - each student's part -- is essential for the completion and full understanding of the final product. If each student's part is essential, then each student is essential; and that is precisely what makes this strategy so effective.

Elliot Aronson, The Jigsaw Classroom,© 2000




The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message - that one imaginative person applying a well placed level can move the world.

Malcolm Gladwell © 2000, Little, Brown.

 When I say we should make frequent use of maps, I mean actual maps. . . We should provide our children with a jigsaw map of the United States. Placing the states in their proper position with their own hands will give them a better sense of the geographical makeup of the country than just looking at a map of the traditional sort.....And we should give them jigsaw maps of other parts of the world.

Steve Allen "Dumpth": The Lost Art of Thinking. Copyright © 1998



Two characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness. If the map could be ideally correct, it would include, in a reduced scale, the map of the map; the map of the map, of the map; and so on, endlessly......

Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity, etc. Copyright © 1949.



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