Falling Behind

"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better." ~ Magda Gerber

"Childhood should be a journey, not a race." ~ Unknown

"If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Children allowed to develop at their own speed will usually win the race of life.’’ ~ Fred O. Gosman (20th century), U.S. author. How to Be a Happy Parent . . . in Spite of Your Children, ch. 2 (1995).

“…the purpose of school is not to speed them into useful life in adult society, but to hold them out of it.” ~ John Holt, Instead of Education

“Schools are producing test takers, while life needs thinkers and innovators.” ~ Bette Fetter

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." ~ Confucius

"Nobody grew taller by being measured." ~ Roland Meighan

“Ask any child development expert, and they will tell you that children do not develop in a straight line. There are no average children. There are no standard children.” ~ Cassi Clausen