"There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play."
" The moment when Xua-Xua gave up trying to recover her baby and keep him all for herself, accepted that he was somebody else, and looked at herself, emptied of part of herself. At that moment she was at one and the same time, actor and spectator. She was spect-actor. In discovering theatre, the being became human. This is theatre – the art of looking at ourselves."
"WE begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development."
"The history of educational theory is marked by opposition between the idea that education is development from within and that it is formation from without"
"The most significant moment in the course of intellectual development, which gives birth to the purely human forms of practical and abstract intelligence, occurs when speech and practical activity, two previously completely independent lines of development, converge"
"Expert teachers "see more" than do nonexperts. They are alive to the latent pedagogical possibilities in the events they witness"
"Looking at the gift of teaching from this angle highlights something very important, which is that it is not within the power of the teacher to give this gift, but depends on the fragile interplay between the teacher and the student. Teachers can at most try and hope, but they cannot force the gift upon their students"
"It is remarkable just how many of our educational debates ultimately resolve into the same basic dilemma: should the student follow the direction of the teacher, or should the teacher follow the lead of the student? That we are tired of this distinction, and the labels “traditional” and “progressive” that typically mark it, does nothing to lessen its grip on us"