„Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.“

Quoted in Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine (2013) by Phillipe Mather, p. 46
Kontext: I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.

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