100 Bad Habits Learned At School

Schools are a breeding ground of bad habits

“The formation of habits is education, and education is the formation of habits.” ~ Charlotte M. Mason

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” ~ John Dryden

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” ~ Maria Edgeworth

“School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know.” ~ John Taylor Gatto, [Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling]

“Schools have not necessarily much to do with education…they are mainly institutions of control where certain basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school.” ~ Winston Churchill


“Human progress is largely driven by a small subset of great minds. Many of those minds survive the system of schooling unscathed. Survival seems more important than innate greatness. Invariably, the formula for success is based on a freedom to explore. I have never seen genius survive heavy drilling at school. All best minds around are free thinkers who forged their own educational paths. The survival is possible by lenient parenting, lenient schooling, rebellion, democratic schooling, unstructured homeschooling, unschooling, etc. On very rare occasions, coincidence of interests may make some kids survive school by being passionately involved in the learning process. If you are not happy with your school life, you know things are already going in the wrong direction!”