Experience precedes understanding.
Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves, and each time that we try to teach them too quickly, we keep them from reinventing it themselves.
Each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered himself, that child is kept from inventing it and consequently from understanding it completely.
The essential functions of the mind consist in understanding and in inventing, in other words, in building up structures by structuring reality.
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