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Unschooling Quotes

Here you’ll find one of the best collections of unschooling quotes to inspire you to embrace your love of learning:

John Holt Quotes

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Albert Einstein Quotes

Charlotte Mason Quotes

"Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach."
"Those who can’t “teach,” “administrate.”

“All the time you are in school, you learn through experience how to live in a dictatorship.” ~ Grace Llewellyn

"Learning is not a product of teaching. Kids are born learning. They learn how to walk, how to talk. They’re basically little scientists. If we don’t stop that process, it will continue." ~ Grace Llewellyn

“Your life, time, and brain should belong to you, not to an institution.” ~ Grace Llewellyn

“In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.” ~ Grace Llewellyn

"Schools are obsolete." ~ Sugata Mitra

"Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality." Thomas Sowell

"If a single teacher can’t teach all the subjects, then how can you expect a single student to learn all the subjects?"

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” ~ Joseph Campbell

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." ~ Joseph Campbell

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“The reason so many people are opting out of education is that it doesn’t feed their spirit. It doesn’t feed their energy or their passion.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson

“We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process, it’s an organic process, and you can not predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is, like a farmer, create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson

“ Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not - because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson

"The world isn’t divided up into separate subjects. Subjects are an invention of schooling." ~ Sir Ken Robinson

“If you do not create your destiny, you will have your fate inflicted upon you.” ~ William Irwin Thompson

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats

“If we don’t model what we teach, we are teaching something else.” ~ Abraham Maslow

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ~ Frederick Douglass

“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” ~ Lewis Carroll, [Alice in Wonderland]

“The most potent force for change… is the growing recognition of millions of adults that their own impoverished expectations and frustrations came, in large measure, from their schooling.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson

“Depression is when your favorite thoughts and feelings go on vacation without you. Don’t worry. Wherever they went, they’re probably having a really good time.” ~ Shaun Roundy

“Think, feel, be, do, have. That’s how life works, in that order.” ~ Shaun Roundy

“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would create something like a classroom.” ~ John J. Medina, Author of the New York Times Bestseller, [Brain Rules]

“In my clinical experience, the greatest block to a person’s development is his having to take on a way of life which is not rooted in his own powers.” ~ Rollo May

“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” ~ Lawrence Peter

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” ~ Stephen Covey

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Forced association is not socialization.” - Adele Carroll

"Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world of conformists.” ~ Nikola Tesla

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ~ Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~ Mark Twain

"In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards." ~ Mark Twain

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~ Voltaire

“My grandmother wanted me to get a good education, so she kept me as far away from schools as possible.” ~ Margaret Mead

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” ~ Alexander Den Heijer

“Education is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” ~ John Dewey

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~ John Dewey

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” ~ John Dewey

"If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all." ~ Pearl S. Buck

“Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.” ~ Arthur Koestler

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ~ Isaac Asimov

"Education isn’t something you can finish." ~ Isaac Asimov

“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” - George Whitman

“Birds fly, fish swim, and children play.” ~ Garry L. Landreth, [Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship]

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” ~ George Santayana

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” ~ Francis Bacon

“Education: free and compulsory – what a way to learn logic!” ~ Frank van Dun

“The smartest of a large number of hamsters is still a hamster.” ~ Fred Reed

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs

“It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means. Thus we suppress the child’s curiosity and then when he lacks a natural interest in learning he is offered special coaching for his scholastic difficulties.” ~ Alice Miller

“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts.” ~ Frank Zappa

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” ~ Tony Robbins

"Sadly, children’s passion for thinking often ends when they encounter a world that seeks to educate them for conformity and obedience only." ~ Bell Hooks

“I was undisciplined by birth, never would I bend, even in my tender youth, to a rule. It was at home I learned the little I know. Schools always appeared to me like a prison, and never could I make up my mind to stay there, not even for four hours a day, when the sunshine was inviting, the sea smooth, and when it was joy to run about the cliffs in the free air, or to paddle in the water.” ~ Claude Monet

“Most people, most of the time, learn most of what they know about science and technology outside of school.” ~ National Science Foundation

“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.” ~ Carl Rogers

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~ Bob Moawad

“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could be better changed in ourselves.” ~ C.G. Jung

“The idea that people should study for about 12 years and then start living is more deeply seated in our culture than many people realize.” ~ Larry and Susan Kaseman

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” ~ Erik Erikson

“I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.” ~ Agatha Christie

"I would say that living an interesting life is more instructive than formal learning could ever be." ~ Lesley Clark

"There should be no more pressure on a child to learn than there is on a rose to grow. I can’t coerce a rosebud to open its petals and bloom before its time. It simply unfolds on its own. But even before it buds, one can tell that a rose is a rose, distinct and unique." ~ Debra Elramey

"We learn because we want to learn, because it’s important to us, because it’s natural, and because it’s impossible to live in the world and not learn." ~ Peggy Pirro

"How colorfully and scientifically our generation talks down to the little child!
What insipid, stupid, dull stories are trotted out…
We don’t respect the children’s thinking or let them come to any conclusions themselves!
We ply them with endless questions, the ones we’ve thought up, instead of being silent and letting the child’s questions bubble up with interest." ~ S Schaeffer Macaulay: For the Children’s Sake

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." Benjamin Franklin

"It’s amazing what kids can accomplish without shackles." ~ Jim Babb

"College isn’t the place to go for ideas." ~ Helen Keller

“Life is an exciting adventure, or it is nothing.” ~ Hellen Keller

"In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"We, the people, are teaching ourselves" ~ Linda Dobson

“Artificial learning takes what is simple and natural and turns it into a complex array of objectives, goals, measurements, administrators, supervisors, counselors, and transportation experts. Natural education requires only a guide providing direction, and a learner ready to discover and create goals and values that are personally meaningful.” ~ Linda Dobson

"Parents can’t choose the mates of their children or the behavior of their children. You actually can’t choose anything for your children without disempowering them." ~ Ester Hicks

"I don’t know how well this will translate, but it occurred to me that the people with no certificates (hackers) were breaking into the systems the people with certificates (professionals with degrees) have been building for years.
What does this tell us about the value of certificates and degrees? Not that they have no value, that’s silly, but it does seem to suggest the value of the piece of paper is the least significant part of the person wielding the skillset."

"It’s a tragedy how badly some people are brainwashed into believing an institutionalized setting akin to the prison system is the only way a child will grow up to be a “functioning adult.”

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” ~ Steve Jobs

"The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things." ~ Jean Piaget

“Education, for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of his society…But for me, education means making creators…You have to make inventors, innovators, not conformists.” ~ Jean Piaget

“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” ~ Jean Piaget

“Children learn how to speak by listening to others speak. They learn how to converse by watching and listening to others converse. They learn how to hold books by watching other people hold books.” ~ Becca Challman

“The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” ~ Noam Chomsky

"Education is a system of imposed ignorance." ~ Noam Chomsky [Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media]

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

"The school system is designed to teach obedience and conformity and prevent the child’s natural capacities from developing." ~ Noam Chomsky

“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.” ~ Noam Chomsky

“Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.” ~ Lillian Smith

“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.” ~ Stanley Kubrik

“Homeschooling is not about sitting at the kitchen table with a pile of textbooks all day, recreating school in the isolation of the home. (Unless, for some reason, you want it to be.) For many–maybe most–families, homeschooling is about getting out and about. It is about opening to possibilities, about finding learning opportunities around every corner, and about having the ‘luxury’ of making the kinds of community connections that are sustaining and enjoyable. It is about exploring the world with open eyes and minds, trying new things, going new places, meeting new people. It is a veritable kaleidoscope of experiences that provide a unique educational path for every child–and parent. You can find or create anything you want, and have a blast doing it.” ~ Shay Seaborne

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~ Beatrix Potter

”Today for Show and Tell, I’ve brought a tiny marvel of nature: a single snowflake. I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal turns into an ordinary, boring molecule of water, just like every other one, when you bring it in the classroom. And now, while the analogy sinks in, I’ll be leaving you drips and going outside.” ~ Calvin, from Calvin & Hobbes Comic

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

“Growing up, I couldn’t understand the confusion. Wasn’t it obvious that I could learn math and physics if I wanted to? Couldn’t my uncle see that I had no use for chemistry but that if I did, I’d learn it? Why did anyone care, anyway? And why did people ask me if I knew math and English but they didn’t ask whether I knew about good nutrition or how to shingle a roof?” ~ Sarabeth Matilsky

“Before children go to school in the first place, all of their natural learning systems are intact. This is what we can see from families who have homeschooled their kids from the very beginning. However, once children are in school for about three years, they are forced to shift over to a very unnatural system to survive the emphasis on memorization and the daily stress, rigidity, and humiliation of classroom life.” ~ Judy Garvey in GWS

“Schooling was influenced by the idea that self-directed learning created ‘dangerous,’ free-thinking, intelligent people who would make sure the government never became more powerful than the people.” ~ Laurie A. Couture

“Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“The belief that young people are incapable of making reasonable decisions is a cornerstone of our system of compulsory, closely monitored education.” ~ Peter O. Gray, [Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life]

“Everyone who has ever been to school knows that school is prison, but almost nobody beyond school age says it is. It’s not polite. We all tiptoe around the truth because admitting it would make us seem cruel and would point a finger at well-intentioned people doing what they believe to be essential. . . . A prison, according to the common, general definition, is any place of involuntary confinement and restriction of liberty. In school, as in adult prisons, the inmates are told exactly what they must do and are punished for failure to comply. Actually, students in school must spend more time doing exactly what they are told than is true of adults in penal institutions. Another difference, of course, is that we put adults in prison because they have committed a crime, while we put children in school because of their age.” ~ Peter O. Gray, [Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life]

“This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children turn 5 or 6. We turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.” ~ Dr. Peter Gray

“Going to school is rarely a choice at all, but rather just the thing you do because everyone else does it.” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]

“How many of us have read history, and shook our heads and puffed our chest, and said, “If I were alive during that period, I would never have done those things to those people!” Yet here we are, doing those things to those people.” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]

“I tend to agree with Robert Frost when he says, ‘Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.’ By this definition, I don’t think anyone can claim that we are successfully educating this next generation.” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]

“Maybe you’ve noticed what I’ve noticed, and thought it strange, or dismissed it as youthful foolishness or that you were missing some critical piece of information that would reveal itself with age and wisdom – that is: every single teacher believes feverishly in the importance of the content of their class, and furthermore, believes that their assessment of you in their class is a direct measure of your capacity for future success, while simultaneously not having a clue as to the content of virtually any other discipline in the school. They will boldly state things like, That’s math, I’m an English teacher or That’s literature, I’m a biology teacher, practically admitting out loud that nothing learned in school is important (except, of course, the course they are teaching).” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]

“Compulsion – nonconsensual education – requires violence; it requires complete control over what students put into their brain, the people they are exposed to, the places they are authorized to be, and oftentimes, with free lunch programs, what food goes into their body. Compulsory systems are resentful of families who do not enforce homework or dress code policies; are reluctant to allow parents into its buildings except once or twice a year on special “open house” days; and fear parents who choose to homeschool.” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]

“The most important question I ask myself as a parent is this. How can I best help my children be fully themselves and happy with who they are in the world, however they show up.” ~ Lehla Eldridge, [Jump, Fall, Fly, From Schooling to Homeschooling to Unschooling]

“I no longer believe that the current education system is able to equip our children for a fast-moving future. Technology has evolved so rap-idly in the last five years that to put a child in an education system that was designed for a future that will most likely no longer exist for the majority, seems almost absurd.” ~ Lehla Eldridge, [JUMP, FALL, FLY From Schooling to Homeschooling to Unschooling]

“If the educational system can claim anything consistently it would be that it is masterful at evoking a destructive axis of boredom and anxiety accounting for the increasing levels of mental health problems in young people.” ~ Anthony Eldridge-Rogers, [Jump, Fall, Fly, From Schooling to Homeschooling to Unschooling]

“Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.”
~ William Blake, [The Marriage of Heaven and Hell]

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“When people say that school prepares children for the real world, what’s implied is that it is the difficult parts of school (doing things you don’t want to do, forced interaction with peers, following rules that you don’t believe in) that are important. What’s implied is that the real world is going to be an unhappy place and that being treated unfairly by people is a part of life.

It may be a part of life in school, but it is not a part of our lives. School is as far away from the real world as possible. In school we learn that we cannot control our own destinies and that it is acceptable to let others govern our lives. In the real world we can take responsibility for choosing our own paths and governing our own lives. The real world is what we make it.” ~ Rue Kream, [The Unschooling Unmanual]
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“Break the teacher certification monopoly so anyone with something valuable to teach can teach it. Nothing is more important than this.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [99 Question and Answers About Unschooling: The World Is Your Child’s Classroom]

“Learning and education are a normal part of everyday life and do not need a vast expensive bureaucracy to force them to happen.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [99 Question and Answers About Unschooling: The World Is Your Child’s Classroom]

“The simplest description is that Unschooling means a way of bringing up children using free play and child-directed activity to develop the child’s own individual talents and creativity by supportively following up the child’s own interests – without coercion, compulsion, manipulation, regimentation, constant testing and grading and rank-ordering, or top-down authoritarianism.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [99 Question and Answers About Unschooling: The World Is Your Child’s Classroom]

“There are as many approaches to unschooling as there are people, by design. A child is supported to read when ready and interested, not on another’s timetable, for example. He can and will be encouraged to pursue a wide range of interests, based on his interests, such as free play, inventing, experimenting scientifically, video gaming, role modeling through friendship, spiritual development through inquiry of self and others, athletics, learning to trust himself and others.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [99 Question and Answers About Unschooling: The World Is Your Child’s Classroom]

“Many of the world’s greatest geniuses all had in common that they were pulled from the school environment. They were freed to discover the undiscovered. They had the imagination to ‘see’ a different way and the drive to try to build what they had seen.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [Born To Learn]

“The primary difference I see is that unschooling is an invitation to awaken and ennoble capabilities that exist within the child. Where traditional schooling is to fill the child with facts that we, as a collective have decided upon.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [Born To Learn]

“I simply stepped out of the way and maintained my courage and my position in the face of constant disagreement, voiced opinion and attack. I held true and I stood my ground. I maintained my convictions and my commitment to allowing them to live in the kingdom of childhood. I protected them from outside influence and allowed their imaginations to soar. I instilled a lifelong love of learning in them and I shared my passion for reading. I allowed them to choose what they wanted to study and I provided the resources for them to delve in, unguided and undisturbed for however long they needed to gather what they believed to be enough understanding to satisfy their own personal drive.” ~ Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, [Born To Learn]

“The philosophy of project-based homeschooling — this particular approach to helping children become strong thinkers, learners, and doers — is dependent upon the interest and the enthusiastic participation and leadership of the learners themselves, the children.” ~ Lori McWilliam Pickert

"Humans learn best when they are self-motivated. When they feel their chosen task is meaningful and important and worth their time." ~ Lori McWilliam Pickert

“To learn how to do, we need something real to focus on — not a task assigned by someone else, but something we want to create, something we want to understand. Not an empty exercise but a meaningful, self-chosen undertaking.” ~ Lori McWilliam Pickert
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“Children, even when very young, have the capacity for inventive thought and decisive action. They have worthwhile ideas. They make perceptive connections. They’re individuals from the start: a unique bundle of interests, talents, and preferences. They have something to contribute. They want to be a part of things.

"It’s up to us to give them the opportunity to express their creativity, explore widely, and connect with their own meaningful work.” ~ Lori McWilliam Pickert
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“Allowing children to learn about what interests them is good, but helping them do it in a meaningful, rigorous way is better. Freedom and choice are good, but a life steeped in thinking, learning, and doing is better. It’s not enough to say, “Go, do whatever you like.” To help children become skilled thinkers and learners, to help them become people who make and do, we need a life centered around those experiences. We need to show them how to accomplish the things they want to do. We need to prepare them to make the life they want.” ~ Lori McWilliam Pickert

“Each of us is born with a crazy passion to learn. Each of us craves knowledge of our world and our place within it. We learn because we want to learn, because it’s important to us, because it’s natural, and because it’s impossible to live in the world and not learn. Then along comes school to mess up a beautiful thing.” ~ ps pirro, [101 Reasons Why I Am An Unschooler]

“If the emotions are free the intellect will look after itself” ~ A.S. Neill

“Many parents aren’t all that accustomed to being patient and present for their kids anymore, if only because they’re simply not given the opportunity to be patient and present. Jobs get in the way. School gets in the way. After-school activities get in the way. As I have learned—as I am still learning—patience and presence are muscles that must be developed and exercised regularly.” ~ Ben Hewitt, [Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World]

“My success or failure in school was dependent on my ability to follow a curriculum that felt as if it had very little to do with me as a human being.” ~ Ben Hewitt, [Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World]

“Of all the things I have learned since becoming a parent(and sometimes, it feels as if this might be everything I’ve learned), perhaps the hardest to accept is that it is selfish and possibly even dangerous to desire particular outcomes for our children.” ~ Ben Hewitt

“If there is value in the standardized, performance-based curriculums utilized by the vast majority of schools, that value is realized primarily by the institutions themselves and by the economic and social structures that are fed by standardized learning.” ~ Ben Hewitt, [Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World]

“the business of being a child in this country is rapidly disappearing into an abyss that consists not only of programs and tests but also of extracurricular activities.” ~ Ben Hewitt, [Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World]

“What if the point were not to know as much as possible but to feel as much as possible?” ~ Ben Hewitt, [Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World]

"Schooling kids is like exercising dogs on a leash. They’ll never reach their full potential because of the powers holding them back." ~ Unschooling.com

"When kids are schooled like products in a factory, they end up putting themselves on the market, instead of bringing unique value and creating their own market, which means they are the commodity." ~ Unschooling.com

"School is mankind’s way of domesticating humans so they aren’t wild and free as nature intended them to be." ~ Unschooling.com

"At school, you are literally on the assembly line to planned obsolescence." ~ Unschooling.com

"Life is an epic struggle to free oneself." ~ Unschooling.com

"Do not let a broken system convince you that you have a broken child." ~ Anonymous

"Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education." ~ Zhuang Zhou (Taoist Master)

"A bird does not learn to fly and nest by living in a cage. Likewise we cannot prepare young humans for the real world by denying and limiting their access to it." ~ Laurette Lynn

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.” ~ Ivan Illich

“Learning from programmed information always hides reality behind a screen.” ~ Ivan Illich

“School prepares people for the alienating institutionalization of life, by teaching the necessity of being taught. Once this lesson is learned, people loose their incentive to develop independently." ~ Ivan Illich

"The pupil is… ‘schooled’ to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new." ~ Ivan Illich

“Learning is the human activity that least needs manipulation by others. Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful activity.” ~ Ivan Illich

Since there is now more information outside the schools than inside, we should close the schools." ~ Ivan Illich [Deschooling] "Why spend the child’s time inside a school, giving him answers, that already exist outside?"

"The idea that children need to be around many other youngsters in order to be ‘socialized’ is perhaps the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing today." ~ Dr. Raymond Moore

“The biggest atrocity of all is to indoctrinate our children into a system that does not value their creative expression, nor encourage their unique abilities.” ~ Benjamin Greene

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ~ Buckminster Fuller

“None of the world’s problems will have a solution until the world’s individuals become thoroughly self-educated.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

"The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." ~ Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

“The fact is, people learn from people they love.” ~ David Brooks

"The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it." ~ John Ruskin

"The height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment…he who cannot establish a dominion over himself will have no dominion over others. He who masters himself shall be a king." ~ Spencer W Kimball

"Life gives to all the choice, you can satisfy yourself with mediocrity if you wish, you can be common, ordinary, dull, colorless, or you can channel your life so that it will be clean, vibrant, progressive, useful, colorful, rich." ~ Spencer W Kimball

"It isn’t always others who enslave us. Sometimes we let circumstances enslave us; sometimes we let routine enslave us; sometimes we let things enslave us; sometimes, with weak wills, we enslave ourselves. sometimes we partake of detrimental things that we think will soothe our nerves, minds or imaginations-things we think will helps us to escape from reality. But no man is free if he is running away from reality. And no man is free if he is running away from himself." ~ Richard L Evans

"Emancipate yourself from inner-slavery, for none but ourselves can free our mind." ~ Bob Marley

“In the last several years, while meeting and spending time with people who have become inordinately successful, I have observed several common traits among them. Two of those traits stand out. One is they have a calling, which they have discovered and are implementing. The other is they have made mountains of mistakes in the process of becoming ‘successful.’ THE GLEAMING MOUNTAIN OF SUCCESS IS ACTUALLY A PILE OF TRASH – a pile of the mistakes we have made. The difference between the successful and the troubled is not error-free living; it is that BY DISCOVERING AND IMPLEMENTING A LIFE CALLING, THE SUCCESSFUL STAND ON THEIR PILE OF TRASH, while the troubled sit under theirs.” ~ Dave Ramsey

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon

"Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy." ~ Robert A. Heinlein

"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

"Government involvement in education must be abolished.
A natural order in education means that it is entirely a family matter." ~ Hans Herrmann Hoppe (American-German Economist)

"How do we expect to teach kids about consent when many spend their childhoods under coercion?" ~ Kerry McDonald

“Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep herding.” ~ Ezra Pound

“We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.” ~ David P. Gardner

“There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” ~ Joao Coutinho

"The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Oppositional energy only creates more of the same." ~ Richard Rohr

"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” ~ Plato

"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life." ~ Plato

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ~ Plato

"… a free man ought not to learn anything under duress.
Compulsory physical exercise does no harm to the body,
but compulsory learning never sticks to the mind." ~ Plato
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“Each day was a severe test for me, sitting in a dreadful classroom while the sun and fog played outside. Most of the information received meant absolutely nothing to me. For example, I was chastised for not being able to remember what states border Nebraska and what are the states of the Gulf Coast. It was simply a matter of memorizing the names, nothing about the process of memorizing or any reason to memorize. Education without either meaning or excitement is impossible. I longed for the outdoors, leaving only a small part of my conscious self to pay attention to schoolwork.

“One day as I sat fidgeting in class the whole situation suddenly appeared very ridiculous to me. I burst into raucous peals of uncontrolled laughter, I could not stop. The class was first amused, then scared. I stood up, pointed at the teacher, and shrieked my scorn, hardly taking breath in between my howling paroxysms.” ~ Ansel Adams
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"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~ Henry David Thoreau

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch out of a free, meandering brook.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

"The Price of anything is the amount of life exchanged for it." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"What is called genius is the abundance of life and health." ~ Henry David Thoreau

“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.” - George Bernard Shaw

“What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“There is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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

“Skill to do comes of doing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I was happy as a child with my toys in my nursery. I been happier every year since I became a man. But this interlude of school makes a somber grey patch upon the chart of my journey. It was a unending spell of worries that did not then seem petty, and of toil uncheered by fruition; a time of discomfort, restriction and purposeless monotony.” ~ Winston Churchill

“How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years. I counted the days and the hours to the end of every term, when I should return home from this hateful servitude.” ~ Winston Churchill

“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

“I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught.” ~ Winston Churchill

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” ~ J.K Rowling

"Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth." ~ Elbert Hubbard

"There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way." ~ Christopher Morley

"Many highly schooled people are uneducated, and many highly educated people are unschooled." ~ Milton Friedman

"When it comes to the point that mankind only remains reasonable or even useful when everything is prescribed by law, then really mankind on earth is no longer worth much." ~ Rudolf Steiner

"Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives." ~ Rudolf Steiner

"It is all-important to bear in mind that the child only begins to pass from consciousness to self-consciousness between the ages of nine and ten. To teach grammar before this age, therefore, is absolutely irrational." ~ Rudolf Steiner

"The child himself is the curriculum." ~ Rudolf Steiner

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” ~ Roger Lewin

"An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information you get." ~ William Feather

“School typically doesn’t prepare young people for real life – unless their lives are spent following instructions and pleasing others. In my opinion, that’s why so many students who succeed in school fail in life.” ~ Ray Dalio [American Billionaire Investor]

"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives." ~ Thomas Berry

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education." ~ Luther Burbank

“When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates incredible wealth. This is the source of the natural improvement of the human condition.” ~ Brian S. Wesbury

“Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

"Our children don’t want to be OVERPOWERED. They want to be EMPOWERED." ~ Sandra Fazio

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." ~ Frederick Douglass

"Don’t compare your path with anybody else’s. Your path is unique to you." ~ Ram Dass

“If I’d followed all the rules I’d never have gotten anywhere” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.” – John Maynard Keynes. (General Theory, 1936)

"Learning is not a spectator sport." ~ Jim Quick

“Everything I am interested in, from cooking to electronics, is related to math. In real life you don’t have to worry about integrating math into other subjects. In real life, math already is integrated into everything else.” ~ Anna Hoffstrom

“Education with inert ideas is not only useless, it is above all things harmful.” ~ A. N. Whitehead

“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“Life-long learners start their education at home.” ~ Beverley Paine

“My job is not to teach at all, but to find the opportunities for my kids to learn. NOT knowing something can be an advantage, as it reminds me of the wealth of resources out there in the community and world, if only we are willing to go look for them.” ~ David Albert

“Think of reading like riding a bicycle: One doesn’t consciously name the muscles involved or the particular actions required of each, or the parts of the bicycle, or Newton’s laws of motion, or the physics of gears, or the changes in brain chemistry associated with balance. One gets up on the seat and starts to pedal.” ~ David Albert

“Homeschooling is an act of liberation and an act of passion. It is an occasion to walk away from institutional images of life and to embrace a vision that is filled with personal meaning and unmistakable truths for our families. The quality of awareness that comes from the heart is more dependable… Homeschooling… is about helping make it possible for children to reach maturity with healthy, curious, fully conscious minds.” ~ Earl Gary Stevens

“Public school–where the human mind is drilled and manipulated into submission to various social and moral spooks, and thus fitted to continue our system of exploitation and oppression.” ~ Emma Goldman

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer

“I loved learning, it was school I hated. I used to cut school to go learn something.” ~ Eric Jensen

“As far as I have seen, at school…they aimed at blotting out one’s individuality.” ~ Franz Kafka

“The child who attends public school typically spends approximately 1,100 hours a year there, but only twenty percent of these — 220 — are spent, as the educators say, ‘on task’. Nearly 900 hours, or eighty percent, are squandered on what are essentially organizational matters.” ~ Homeschooling For Excellence

“The act of placing the power over learning and life into the individual’s hands is both empowering and motivating. The ‘motivation’ people see in unschoolers is really a joy in learning that is seen far less often among the masses in school.” ~ Idzie Desmarais

“Knowledge has outstripped character development, and the young today are given an education rather than an upbringing.” ~ Ilya Ehrenburg

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The more I think about it the more I think high school is seriously warped.” ~ J.S. Feliciano

“Every day I went to school was a constant attack on my self-worth. I learned not to believe in myself. It was a bombardment from all directions; the teachers were saying how bad I was doing in their classes, my family was ashamed of my grades, and the students were attacking me about everything under the sun! I was like a plant trying to grow in darkness–it doesn’t. It all left me afraid to dream my dreams-afraid to be my true self! Who wants to show their true self if they’re just going to get a rock hurled at it?! The real question is: how do we undo the damage done? We have to take time to dream again, not other peoples’, but our own precious dreams that mean everything to us. Our dreams are our life maps.” ~ Jenny Smith – unschooler

“Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often discourages it.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

“I hate, loathe and despise schools….School is bad for you if you have any talent. You should be cultivating that talent in your own particular way.” ~ Maurice Sendak

"Everywhere I go I encounter older people who seem to be technologically challenged… and I am talking about smart people . It could only be schooling that has capped their ability to learn on their own." ~ Anonymous

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live." ~ Mortimer Adler

“My teachers could have been Jesse James for all the time they stole from me.” ~ Natalie Goldberg

“Life is learning, learning is life. Unschoolers simply do not think there are times for learning and times for not learning. They don’t divide life into school time or lesson time versus play time or recreation time. There is no such thing as “extracurricular” to an unschooler – all of life, every minute of every day, counts as learning time, and there is no separate time set aside for “education.” ~ Pam Sorooshian

“When I look back at all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” ~ Paul Simon

“A true bubble is when something is overvalued and intensely believed. Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It’s like telling the world there’s no Santa Claus." ~ Peter Thiel

"Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“I was fortunate enough to extricate myself before insensibility set in.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore, on quitting school at 13 (Indian polymath, poet, musician, and artist)

“Children are living beings - more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore [Child of the Redwoods]

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson

“Children who live surrounded by rules, instead of learning about principles, end up becoming adept at getting around rules, finding the loopholes in rules, disguising non-compliance, or deflecting blame for non-compliance (i.e. lying about what they did). These are the skills that they then bring into adult life.” ~ Robyn Coburn

"You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it." ~ Seymour Papert

“I am convinced that the best learning takes place when the learner takes charge.” ~ Seymour Papert

“Nothing enrages me more than when people criticize my criticism of school by telling me that schools are not just places to learn maths and spelling, they are places where children learn a vaguely defined thing called socialization… I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities.” ~ Seymour Papert

“Education itself is a putting off, a postponement; we are told to work hard to get good results. Why? So we can get a good job. What is a good job? One that pays well. Oh. And that’s it? All this suffering, merely so that we can earn a lot of money, which, even if we manage it, will not solve our problems anyway? It’s a tragically limited idea of what life is all about.” ~ Tom Hodgkinson

“The only thing I didn’t do in school was learn.” ~ Jason Lescalleet (Unschooler)

“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.” ~ Warren Buffett

“The mere fact that most school attendance is compulsory reflects an attitude of mistrust of children and their desire to make sense of the world. In fact, if governments were really serious about their professed goal of developing, nurturing, and enhancing the intellectual and moral autonomy of the young, would they not have to abolish compulsory, externally imposed education?” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“We must demolish the institution of schooling because it impedes learning and enslaves children. Then we need to put both money and creativity into creating opportunities and infrastructures that respect children and help them learn.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“I wonder why so many parents still want to keep their children hidden away in schools, when they could be learning in the wonderful, bright, ever-changing, always-stimulating real world.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“The force-feeding process of schooling is so relentless that many students gag on it. They tune out or leave school, and in some cases, become permanently soured on learning.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“Children don’t need to be taught how to learn; they are born learners. They come out of the womb interacting with and exploring their surroundings. Babies are active learners, their burning curiosity motivating them to learn how the world works. And if they are given a safe, supportive environment, they will continue to learn hungrily and naturally – in the manner and at the speed that suits them best.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“Our schooling has led us to misunderstand the difference between the power to do something and the force that makes us do something. We were told one too many times to sit in our seats and listen, to put up our hands when we had to go to the bathroom, and to buy what we were offered.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“Because schools suffocate children’s hunger to learn, learning appears to be difficult and we assume that children must be externally motivated to do it.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“Public education reflects our society’s paternalistic, hierarchical worldview, which exploits children in the same way it takes the earth’s resources for granted.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“One of my early memories of school is wondering when they were going to start teaching me the things I didn’t know, rather than what I already knew. Many years later, I began to understand how, insidiously, school had reinforced my inadequacies and had left me with what I now call ‘learned incompetency’ and a fear of not being able to do things ‘right’ the first time.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“Home-based education is not an experiment. It’s how people learned to function in the world for centuries. And there is no reason to think people today can’t do the same thing. School is the experiment, not the lack of it. And I think that experiment is in trouble.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.” ~ William Glasser

“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.” ~ H.L. Mencken

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.” ~ H. L. Mencken

“School-days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, brutal violations of common sense and common decency. It doesn’t take a reasonably bright boy long to discover that most of what is rammed into him is nonsense, and that no one really cares very much whether he learns it or not.” ~ H. L. Mencken

“Men are not prisoners of Fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” ~ Franklin Roosevelt

“All of life is a constant education.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, [The Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt]

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." ~ Stanislaus Leszczynski

"The farther you go, the less you know." ~ Socrates

"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us." ~ Socrates

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” ~ Socrates

“Education occurs when students set out to educate themselves… the student will only learn, can only learn, what he chooses to learn…(An) advantage of not pushing is an innate sense (his) education is (his) responsibility and reward.” ~ Oliver DeMille

“No U.S. president can “fix” education, no law can systematize inspiration, and no amount of funding, policy or resources can structure passion.” ~ Oliver DeMille, [The Student Whisperer: Inspiring Genius]

“How many have been persuaded that they needed to make it their life’s purpose to find a job, follow a career, be normal, fit in, or seek security, prestige, power or possessions? What great blessings has the world missed out on because of these choices?” ~ Oliver DeMille, [The Student Whisperer: Inspiring Genius]

“Great education defies structure because it is always (always!) individualized, personalized, interactive, nimble, responsive and inspired.” ~ Oliver DeMille, [The Student Whisperer: Inspiring Genius]

“When a student is given the opportunity to gain an education, the ultimate responsibility for success or failure rests with him, and it is the role and obligation of the adults in his life to provide the best possible opportunity to gain that education.” ~ Oliver DeMille, [The Student Whisperer: Inspiring Genius]

"It is impossible for one human being to educate another. You cannot educate a child, you can only inspire a child to educate himself or herself." ~ Oliver DeMille

"When you know better, you do better." ~ Maya Angelou

“Some lack the fickleness to live as they wish and just live as they have begun." ~ Seneca

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness." ~ Seneca

“The willing, Destiny guides them; the unwilling, Destiny drags them.” ~ Seneca

“The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.” ~ Seneca

"We must teach our children not to spend their money a dollar at a time. If you spend your money a dollar at a time, you’ll wind up with trinkets instead of treasures. You can’t buy much of value a dollar at a time." ~ Jim Rohn

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” ~ Jim Rohn

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." ~ Jim Rohn

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." ~ Jim Rohn

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” ~ Jim Rohn

"Life is “trying things to see if they work.” ~ Ray Bradbury

"Thinking is a subject that is not taught in school - yet it’s the highest function that we’re capable of…" ~ Bob Proctor

"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you." ~ Anthony de Mello (Priest, spirituality author, and speaker)

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." ~ Oscar Wilde

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“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

“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

"Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers." ~ Anthony Robbins

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland, American writer (1881-1964), about his father

"What luck for rulers that men do not think" ~ Adolf Hitler

"Every form of education, whether its private schooling, public government schooling, or home based education is the teaching, training, and indoctrination of children." ~ Dr. Brian Ray

“No one, of any age, at any time, responds well to being controlled—or patronized. Control triggers one of two responses: rebellion or submission, accompanied by various less than healthy coping mechanisms. It might “work” in the short run, but it’s bound to backfire over time.” ~ Jennifer Lehr

"You can define a free person precisely as someone whose fate is not centrally or directly dependent on peer assessment." ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar" ~ Nietzsche “Human, All Too Human”

“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” ~ Doris Lessing

“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]

"School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards - wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity - come from ignoring others and improving ourselves." - Naval

"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will." ~ Joseph Goebbels

“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of” – Edward Bernays

"Public education has not produced an educated public." ~ G. K. Chesterton

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.” [1]—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes. (Story by John W. Whitehead, republished from Rutherford.org.)

"Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are our most important work." ~ C.S. Lewis

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather, it is one of those things which gives value to survival.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” ~ C.S. Lewis

"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it." ~ Richard L Evans

“Educating the masses was intended only to improve the relationship between the top and the bottom of society. Not for changing the nature of the relationship.” ~ John Ralston Saul, “Voltaire’s Bastards”

"The system cannot be fixed by the system." ~ Tom Morello

“The pinnacle of productivity is to never work; always play.” ~ Marianne Williamson

"There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children." ~ Marianne Williamson

“Self-directed learning does not mean no adult involvement. It means no adult force/control.” ~ Carol Black

“There is something profoundly deadening to a curious, engaged child about the feeling of being watched and measured, or even, some studies suggest, the anticipation of being measured.” ~ Carol Black

“What I always tell kids? The world is nothing like school. The world has ten thousand pathways. The world appreciates energy, independence.” ~ Carol Black

“Collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.” ~ Carol Black

“If you’re a ‘nice’ teacher, and you’re not 100% clear that most of your students are in your room by force, under threat of punishment, up to and including the use of police power, you’re gaslighting them. You can only freely choose what you’re free to walk away from.” ~ Carol Black

“If [kids] aren’t making mistakes, they’re not learning.” ~ Jim Fitzgerald

"One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters." ~ George Herbert Palmer

"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." ~ Abraham Lincoln

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of colored paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience.” ~ Anne Sullivan (Helen Keller’s mentor and friend)

“No man is free who is not a master of himself.” ~ Epictetus (Phrygian slave and Stoic philosopher | AD 55 – 135)

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." ~ Epictetus (Phrygian slave and Stoic philosopher | AD 55 – 135)

“The more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.” Epictetus (Phrygian slave and Stoic philosopher | AD 55 – 135)

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” ~ Tom Bodett

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~ Antisthenes

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." ~ Henry Ford

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." ~ Chinese Proverb

"All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education." ~ Sir Walter Scott

"The best education consists in immunising people against systematic attempts at education" ~ Paul Karl Feyerabend

“You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education.” ~ Marilyn Howshall

"Thinking is a subject that is not taught in school - yet it’s the highest function that we’re capable of…" ~ Bob Proctor

"Disobedience is not an issue if obedience is not the goal" ~ Daron Quinlan

"Changing the game of school means actually allowing students to create their own game. This is empowerment." ~ John Spencer & A.J. Juliani

"The lifelong success of children is based on their ability to be creative and to apply the lessons learned from playing." ~ American Academy of Pediatrics

"Constant interruptions are the destruction of the imagination." ~ Joyce Carol Oates (American Writer)

"The great enemy of writing isn’t lack of talent, it’s being interrupted by other people." ~ Joyce Carol Oates (American Writer)

“Most of life’s problems are because of two reasons: we act without thinking or we think without acting.” ~ Unknown

"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves." ~ Galileo Galilei

"Real, natural learning is in the living. It’s in the observing, the questioning, the examining, the pondering, the analyzing, the watching, the reading, the DO-ing, the living, the breathing, the loving, the JOY. It’s in the joy." ~ Anne Ohman

"I believe that school makes complete fools of our young men, because they see and hear nothing of ordinary life there." ~ Petronius, Satyricon

"[Schools:] vast factories for the manufacture of robots." ~ Robert Lindner (1914-1956)

“It’s not our life that determines how we live, it’s how we LIVE that determines our life.” ~ Sallie Felton

"The only time most people will experience violence in their lives is in government schools." ~ Michael Malice

"All restraints upon man’s natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree." ~ Lysander Spooner

“There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure…The intrinsic nature of the power authorized was so little realized that this was called “free education,” the most absolute contradiction of facts by terminology of which the language is capable. Everything about such schools is compulsory, not free ” ~ Isabel Paterson

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William Pitt

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"A child is innately wise and realistic. If left to himself without adult suggestion of any kind, he will develop as far as he is capable of developing." ~ Founder of pioneering democratic free school Summerhill, A.S. Neill, wrote in his 1960 book

“The reason that kids need to learn to read so early in school is because in school kids read about doing stuff instead of doing stuff. When kids live life outside of school they actually get to do stuff, so it’s not as important to read about it in order to learn.” ~ Lisa Nielsen

“All that has been said of the importance of individuality of character, and diversity in opinions and modes of conduct, involves, as of the same unspeakable importance, diversity of education. A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body. An education established and controlled by the State should only exist, if it exist at all, as one among many competing experiments, carried on for the purpose of example and stimulus, to keep the others up to a certain standard of excellence.” ~ John Stuart Mill, [On Liberty, 1859]

Teacher Certifications are Unnecessary
“It would be giving too dangerous a power to governments, were they allowed to exclude any one from professions, even from the profession of teacher, for alleged deficiency of qualifications: and I think, with Wilhelm von Humboldt, that degrees, or other public certificates of scientific or professional acquirements, should be given to all who present themselves for examination, and stand the test; but that such certificates should confer no advantage over competitors, other than the weight which may be attached to their testimony by public opinion.” ~ John Stuart Mill, [On Liberty, 1859]

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ~ Voltaire

“Common sense is not so common.” ~ Voltaire, [A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary]

“Dare to think for yourself.” ~ Voltaire

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” ~ Voltaire, [Philosophical Dictionary]

“It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~ Voltaire

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her; but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” ~ Voltaire

“No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” ~ Maya Mendoza

"While our society is busy wondering and theorizing about what children need most, Mother Nature simply holds a space for the child to discover that for themselves." ~ Nicolette Sowder

“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.” ~ Erin K. Kenny, [Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way]

“Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and other children of all ages.” ~ Rachel Gathercole, [The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling]

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” ~ Jess Lair

“Remember: everyone in the classroom has a story that leads to misbehavior or defiance. 9 times out of 10, the story behind the misbehavior won’t make you angry. It will break your heart.” ~ Annette Breaux

“The trouble with over-structuring is that it discourages exploration.” ~ Jay Giedd, Neuroscientist, University of California

“The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.” ~ Roald Dahl

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” ~ Roald Dahl, [My Uncle Oswald]

"Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school." ~ Melinda Harmon, Federal Judge, 1996

“We are raised in a culture that values expertise over exploration.” ~ Nina Wise

“Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.” ~ Lois Lowry

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping, and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.” ~ David Sobel

“In this modern world where activity is stressed to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked.” ~ Margaret Wise Brown

“When we give children advice or instant solutions, we deprive them of the experience that comes from wrestling with their own problems.” ~ Adele Faber

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” ~ Friedrich Froebel

“When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions it is our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” ~ L.R. Knost

“So often children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, us adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.” ~ Rebecca Eanes

“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” ~ Erma Bombeck

“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” ~ James Comer

“Instead of teaching children to get ‘there’, why not let them be here? Where is ‘there’ anyway? The world needs more ‘here’ than ‘there’.” ~ Vince Gowmon

“Ask any child development expert, and they will tell you that children do not develop in a straight line. There are no average children. There are no standard children.” ~ Cassi Clausen

“The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development.” ~ Jerome Singer

“The moment I decided to follow instead of lead, I discovered the joys of becoming part of a small child’s world.” ~ Janet Gonzalez-Mena

“It’s not so much what children learn through play, but what they won’t learn if we don’t give them the chance to play. Many functional skills like literacy and arithmetic can be learned either through play or through instruction – the issue is the amount of stress on the child. However, many coping skills like compassion, self-regulation, self-confidence, the habit of active engagement, and the motivation to learn and be literate cannot be instructed. They can only be learned through self-directed experience (i.e. play)." ~ Susan J. Oliver

“Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.” ~ Emma Thompson

“Either we spend time meeting children’s emotional needs by filling their cup with love, or we spend time dealing with behaviors caused from their unmet needs. Either way, we spend the time.” ~ Pam Leo, Connecting Through Filling The Love Cup

“If a child is poor in math but good at tennis, most people would hire a math tutor. I would rather hire a tennis coach.” ~ Deepak Chopra

“The people who are horrified by the idea of children learning what they want to learn when they want to learn it have not accepted the very elementary psychological fact that people (all people, of every age) remember the things that are important to them – the things they need to know – and forget the rest.” ~ Daniel Quinn

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ~ Anonymous

“One problem with the way the educational system is set up is that it only recognizes a certain type of intelligence, and it’s incredibly restrictive - very, very restrictive. There’s so many types of intelligence, and people who would be at their best outside of that structure get lost.” ~ Bruce Springsteen [Singer-songwriter]

“Your children are not a masterpiece that you create. They are their own masterpiece, creating themselves, and you have been given the privilege of watching them be the artist.” ~ J. Warren Welch

"Most people have to live their lives as individuals - and human beings should be individuals - yet we insist on inflicting on our children an education suitable only for members of a herd." ~ Joy Baker [Children in Chancery, 1964]

“You can’t teach children to behave better by making them feel worse. When children feel better, they behave better.” ~ Pam Leo [Connection Parenting]

"Childhood is just as important a part of life as adulthood. It’s not a waiting room to someday start life from. It is life. It may even be the best part of life. Let’s not stifle it, dismiss it, or undermine it. Let children live to the fullest their childhood days. They can never get them back." ~ L.E. Mastilock

"The modern factory-schooling education system is one of the greatest crimes against humanity. One hundred years from now, we will look back at the violence of schooling and ask how we could we have done this to innocent children." ~ Manish Jain, Shikshantar Andolan

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney

"Children don’t drop out of high school when they are 16, they do so in the first grade and wait 10 years to make it official." ~ Bob Keeshan

"Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent." ~ Bob Keeshan

"Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders." ~ Tom Peters

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ~ Aristotle

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~ Aristotle

“Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.” ~ Aristotle

“All human beings, by nature, desire to understand.” ~ Aristotle

“We cannot learn without pain.” ~ Aristotle

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ~ Aristotle

“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different…different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the song of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.” ~ Lowell Bennion

“The parent knows that the child cannot be artificially motivated to learn; they know that he is already motivated by the strongest driving force on earth: his inner intent.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“We have a cultural notion that if children were not engineered, if we did not manipulate them, they would grow up as beasts in the field. This is the wildest fallacy in the world.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“A ‘school-at-home’ approach to homeschooling is just decorating the electric chair in different colors.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

"The people that I back in venture (capital) are the kids that back in school would say, ‘Wait a minute, this is pointless. I don’t want to do this.’ And, often times, by the time you get to high school with kids that’s gone. I think that’s one of the big costs of the way we organize school. Kids are discouraged and marked down for saying ‘Wait a minute, why should I do this? When am I ever going to use this? Why are you making me do something I can do online?’ I think way too often that’s a ‘C student’ or an ‘F student’ or a student we should medicate or a student we should ‘put in the penalty box’ for bad behavior and we feel like we have to bring them around. But, that is actually the mindset you need to change the world." ~ Ted Dintersmith

“Working hard for something that we don’t care about is called stress; Working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek

"The concept of universal compulsory schooling is a very recent idea, one that is not even two hundred years old, yet we act as if it is an ancient, surefire way to make sure our children ‘learn something.’" ~ Patrick Farenga

"Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ~ David McCullough Jr.

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” ~ Herbert Spencer

“Unstructured, open-ended play is where the magic of childhood happens.” ~ Alana Pace

"Instead of allowing children to develop in the way that nature intended them to, largely through free play, we expect them to live in adult-like schedules and learn in adult-like ways. For the immature human brain, we are asking far too much. We need to say no to over-scheduling and yes to letting kids be kids." ~ Alana Pace

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.” ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki, [Rich Dad, Poor Dad]

“A generation of children is not only being raised indoors, but is being confined to even smaller spaces. Jane Clark, a University of Maryland professor of kinesiology . . . calls them “containerized kids”–they spend more and more time in car seats, high chairs, and even baby seats for watching TV. When small children go outside, they’re often placed in containers–strollers–and pushed by walking or jogging parents. . . Most kid-containerizing is done for safety concerns, but the long term health of these children is compromised. (35)” ~ Richard Louv, [Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder]

"Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them." ~ Ludwig von Mises

"Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought." ~ Ludwig von Mises

"In order to succeed in business a man does not need a degree from a school of business administration. These schools train the subalterns for routine jobs. They certainly do not train entrepreneurs." ~ Ludwig von Mises

"Society cannot contribute anything to the breeding and growing of ingenious men. A creative genius cannot be trained. There are no schools for creativeness. A genius is precisely a man who defies all schools and rules, who deviates from the traditional roads of routine and opens up new paths through land inaccessible before. A genius is always a teacher, never a pupil; he is always self-made." ~ Ludwig von Mises

"Continued adherence to a policy of compulsory education is utterly incompatible with efforts to establish lasting peace." ~ Ludwig von Mises

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that they are someone today.” ~ Stacia Tauscher

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Ann Landers

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~ Haruki Murakami, [Norwegian Wood]

"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." ~ Denis Waitley

"Money doesn’t bring happiness and creativity. Your creativity and happiness brings money." ~ Sam Rosen

"The harder I work, the luckier I am” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Our job is obvious: we need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.” ~ Seth Godin

"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)

"The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position." ~ Leo Buscaglia

"I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it’s just depressing to me. The poor little kids." ~ Dolly Parton

"I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions." ~ Ezra Taft Benson, [The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, P. 307]

"Institutionalized school has taught us to seek answers in order to get the lesson over with rather than to inspire more questions and extend the curiosity of the students." ~ Leigh Bortins [The Question]

"If you manipulate, coerce, and bully your children, you will have no power at all. If you lead with humility, gentleness, and by example, you will need no power at all." ~ William Martin

"The purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students." ~ Professor Benjamin Bloom [called “Father of Outcome-Based Education” (OBE)]

“Children are notoriously curious about everything, everything except… the things people want them to know. It then remains for us to refrain from forcing any kind of knowledge upon them, and they will be curious about everything.” ~ Floyd Dell

"Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it." ~ John Adams

"A native of America who cannot read or write is . . . as rare as a comet or an earthquake." ~ John Adams

"Confidence is the foundation of all learning." ~ Dr. Tovah Klein, Ph.D

“Confidence doesn’t say ‘They will like me.’ Confidence says, ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’” ~ Unknown

“Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” ~ Brigham Young

"Many well-behaved children are not truly self-regulated; they are afraid." ~ Iris Chen [Untigering]

"I believe that one is only truly free when one is learning, and one can only learn when one is free." ~ Peter Fonda

“People are starting to realize that public education in America was designed for the masses of poor, and its intent has been to trap poor people into being workers and servants. If you don’t want that for your children, then you look for something else” ~ Nikita Bush (Former public school teacher)

"Children can be conditioned to respond to coercion or connection. Whichever way you choose to lead, your child will respond to. Humans instinctively rebel against coercion but are drawn to connection. Choose your influence wisely." ~ Lelia Schott

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." ~ Stephen Covey

"Supposing I said there was a planet without schools or teachers, where study was unknown, and yet the inhabitants – doing nothing but live and walk about – came to know all things, to carry in their minds the whole of learning; would you not think I was romancing? Well, just this, which seems so fanciful as to be nothing but the invention of a fertile imagination, is a reality. It is the child’s way of learning." ~ Maria Montessori

“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child’s spontaneity…We may even suffocate life itself.” ~ Maria Montessori

“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child." ~ Tom Stoppard, [The Coast of Utopia]

“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.” ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

“To be yourself requires extraordinary intelligence. You are blessed with that intelligence; nobody need give it to you; nobody can take it away from you. He who lets that express itself in its own way is a “Natural Man”.” ~ U.G. Krishnamurti, [The Mystique of Enlightenment: The Radical Ideas of U.G. Krishnamurti]

“To understand a child we have to watch him at play, study him in his different moods; we cannot project upon him our own prejudices, hopes and fears, or mould him to fit the pattern of our desires. If we are constantly judging the child according to our personal likes and dislikes, we are bound to create barriers and hindrances in our relationship with him and in his relationships with the world. Unfortunately, most of us desire to shape the child in a way that is gratifying to our own vanities and idiosyncrasies; we find varying degrees of comfort and satisfaction in exclusive ownership and domination.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti, [Education and the Significance of Life]

"The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die is a process of learning.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Don’t question your ability to teach your child. Question putting your child into the same institution that left you questioning your ability to teach your child."

“We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” ~ Robert Brault

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

“We become what we think about.” ~ Earl Nightingale

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” ~ Buddha

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him." ~ Buddha

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” ~ Thomas Merton

“Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress." ~ Dr. John Henrik Clarke

“The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.” ~ Dr. Stuart Brown

“Smart people don’t learn…because they have too much invested in proving what they know and avoiding being seen as not knowing.” ~ Professor Chris Argyris, Harvard Business School

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Some learn by reading. Others learn by observation. The rest of us have to pee on the electric fence.” ~ Will Rogers

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astonish ourselves.” ~ Thomas Edison

"Productive learning is where the process engenders and reinforces wanting to learn more. Absent wanting to learn, the learning context is unproductive." ~ Seymour Sarason

“After all is said and done, more is usually said than done.”

"The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home." ~ William Temple

“The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.” ~ John Updike

"All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education." ~ Frédéric Bastiat

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." ~ Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor (121 -180 AD)

“Schooling not only destroys our passion for life, it also never allows us to know it exists. As children we have no choice but to place trust in our culture to meet our needs. We do what it dictates, expecting to learn how to live in the world. Placed in school, with a one-size-fits-all curriculum, we do not learn to follow the things in life that interest us and give us power as individuals.” ~ Urban Scout, Rewild or Die

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” ~ Richard Branson

“Our whole theory of education is based on the absurd notion that we must learn to swim on land before tackling the water.” ~ Henry Miller

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” ~ Eartha Kitt

"Learning is pulling in knowledge that a child finds useful.
Teaching is pushing towards a child knowledge that the teacher wants the child to have." ~ Joyce Fetteroll

“Learning occurs naturally, but teaching isn’t natural at all. The little ones are learning from the older children or from the adults, but nobody’s teaching. They’re learning on their own initiative, which is so powerful. You don’t have to augment it. In fact, you can’t really augment it. There’s no way you can make a child learn better than he would if he or she wants to.” ~ Jean Leidloff

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown

“Create your own reality by choosing your future.” ~ Les Brown

“Homeschooling is an act of liberation and an act of passion. It is an occasion to walk away from institutional images of life and to embrace a vision that is filled with personal meaning and unmistakable truths for our families. The quality of awareness that comes from the heart is more dependable… Homeschooling… is about helping make it possible for children to reach maturity with healthy, curious, fully conscious minds.” ~ Earl Gary Stevens

"The best thing that you can have for a child is him to be born into poverty." ~ Andrew Carnegie, Most successful entrepreneur of all time (Billionaire Dan Pena agrees)

“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.” ~ Coleman Hawkins

“The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal.” ~ R.D. Laing

“It is an exacting and exhausting business, this damming up the flood of human potentialities. What energy it takes to make a torrent into a trickle, to train that trickle along narrow, well marked channels!” ~ George Leonard

“Cause and effect is the basis of my education, leading me to an essence far more profound than any rule of societal conditioning.” ~ KA Chinery

“There is nothing to be gained by pretending that academic involvement is necessary, or even always desirable, in the quest for truth and knowledge.” ~ Christopher Langan

“Education is a system. Learning is an ongoing every day process.” ~ Mommy Moo Moo

"If you have a high school diploma…and can walk and talk…you can graduate from college" ~ Jerome Murphy, Dean of Harvard’s School of Education , 1998

“I can’t give you a brain, but I can give you a diploma.” ~ L. Frank Baum

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr., [P.S. I Love You]

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” ~ Friedrich Hegel

“There were no sex classes. No friendship classes. No classes on how to navigate a bureaucracy, build an organization, raise money, create a database, buy a house, love a child, spot a scam, talk someone out of suicide, or figure out what was important to me. Not knowing how to do these things is what messes people up in life, not whether they know algebra or can analyze literature.” ~ William Upski Wimsatt

“Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.” ~ Alfie Kohn

"Children allowed to develop at their own speed will usually win the race of life.’’ ~ Fred O. Gosman (20th century), U.S. author. How to Be a Happy Parent . . . in Spite of Your Children, ch. 2 (1995).

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ~ Bruce Lee

“It’s exciting to see how fast your kids learn and grow. I’m not too worried about them, particularly the ones who like to break rules and don’t follow instructions; those are the ones that will do just fine because they know what’s important to them.” ~ Michael Dell

“I exclusively attended public school… And I can honestly say that on the day of my graduation, if you had given me a pop quiz on history, science, or math, I would have in no way been able to pass it – despite the fact that I completely understood it at the time that it had been ‘taught’ to me, and had even made a good ‘grade’ on it.” ~ Jessica Bowman

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” ~ Paulo Freire

“The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity. Education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.” ~ Anatole France

“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants." ~John W. Gardner