"The phenomenon of learning belongs to the child, not to the teacher. We do not teach a child to walk - one of the many skill potentials in all beginners. At best, we stimulate discovery, desire, and curiosity; encourage and whet the appetite; provide space; and anticipate readiness to exercise the inevitable.
Learning by experience is profound knowledge, more deeply recorded in the memory than theory or speculation. The most direct, immediate, and satisfying path to knowledge is visual manual experience linked with the urgency of interest.
Learning by doing connects products with ideas and history. It breeds creative thinking, self-expression, and originality, the confidence to experiment, and the courage to make mistakes, learn control, and perfect skills.
Parents and teachers hold the success of children in their tone of voice and generosity of understanding. By encouraging self-discovery, by respecting originality and individualism, we avoid the preoccupation with competition, allowing students to progress at their own pace. Creativity is the birthright of all children. Let us foster it rather than cramp or nip it in its most eager time for learning."
-Anne Sayre Wiseman, The Best of Making Things