"Their schooling made it so schooling was all they know." ~ Unschooling.com

"Education means to bring out wisdom. Indoctrination means to push in knowledge." ~ Dick Gregory

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." ~ George Bernard Shaw

"Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth." ~ Albert Einstein

"Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught" ~ Oscar Wilde

"I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned." ~ Richard P. Feynman

“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.” ~ Nicholas Butler

"Information is not knowledge." ~ Albert Einstein

“Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance that accumulates in the form of inert facts.” ~ Henry Adams

‘The curriculum is never simply a neutral assemblage of knowledge, somehow appearing in the texts and classrooms of a nation. It is always part of a selective tradition, someone’s selection, some group’s vision of legitimate knowledge…’ ~ Apple (1993)

"The essential thing measured by school is whether or not you are good at school. Being good at school is a fine skill if you intend to do school forever. For the rest of us, being good at school is a little like being good at Frisbee. It’s nice, but it’s not relevant unless your career involves homework assignments, looking through textbooks for answers that are already known to your supervisors, complying with instructions and then, in high-pressure settings, regurgitating those facts with limited processing on your part." ~ Seth Godin (Stop Stealing Dreams)

"If children are being told WHAT to learn, WHEN and HOW to learn, 6 hours a day, 5 DAYS A WEEK - no wonder CREATIVE THINKING in children is plummeting, and ANXIETY & DEPRESSION is continuing to rise." ~ Kirsty Lee

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ~ Thomas Edison

“What one-billionth of one percent of all there is to know are we going to choose to teach in school?” ~ Seymour Papert

"When you know HOW to think it empowers you far more than knowing WHAT to think." ~ Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.” ~ Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don’t know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields." ~ Thomas Sowell

"They must find it difficult… those who have taken ‘authority’ as the truth, rather than ‘truth’ as the authority." ~ Gerald Massey

"It takes early indoctrination and control to make humans accept that their time, thoughts, body and things aren’t their own." ~ Racheous

"Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind." ~ Noam Chomsky

“Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.” ~ Mises

“The sad truth about humanity…is that people believe what they’re told. Maybe not the first time, but by the hundredth time, the craziest of ideas just becomes a given.” ~ Neal Shusterman, [UnWholly]

“Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?” ~ Peter Hitchens

"When the superior person deals with the world, he does not prejudice his mind for or against anything – he just follows what is right." ~ Confucius

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

“Mental slavery is the worst form of slavery. It gives you the illusion of freedom, makes you trust, love, and defend your oppressor, while making an enemy of those who are trying to free you or open your eyes.” ~ Fiyah

"Education as the exercise of domination stimulates the credulity of students, with the ideological intent (often not perceived by educators) of indoctrinating them to adapt to the world of oppression." ~ Paulo Freire

"Every person has two educations, one which he receives from others, and one, more important, which he gives to himself." ~ Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794, English historian

"I do not advise you what you should believe or not believe. But I do advise you that we all need to learn as much as we can about everything we can, because one thing I have learned in my life is that most of what we have ever been taught has been a lie." ~ William (Bill) Cooper [Author of Behold a Pale Horse]

“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” ~ Doris Lessing, [The Golden Notebook]