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"Having complete control over the education of the youngest

 members of the State is always an integral part of controlling a 

population" (Jason Clark)


"There is no school equal to a decent home and no teachers equal to honest virtuous parents" (Gandhi)


"Of course, a child may not know what he may need to know in ten years (who does?), but he knows, and much better  than anyone else, what he wants and needs to know right now, what his mind is ready and hungry for. If we help him, or  just allow him, to learn that, he will remember it, use it, build on it. If we try to make him learn something else, that we think is more important, the chances are that he won't learn it, or will learn very little of it, that he will soon forget most of what he learned, and what is worst of all, will before long lose most of his appetite for learning anything." (John Holt)

"It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time." (Peggy O'Mara)

"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)


"Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human

rights is the right to control our own minds and thoughts. That means, the

right to decide for ourselves how we will explore the world around us, think

about our own and other persons' experiences, and find and make the meaning

of our own lives. Whoever takes that right away from us, as the educators

do, attacks the very center of our being and does us a most profound and

lasting injury. He tells us, in effect, that we cannot be trusted even to

think, that for all our lives we must depend on others to tell us the

meaning of our world and our lives, and that any meaning we may make for

ourselves, out of our own experience, has no value." (John Holt)


“Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.” (John Holt)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson)

"We must learn to accept the fact that during their developmental years children cannot be expected to exhibit adult behavior." (Robert Mendelsohn, M.D)

 

“It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society.” (J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986)


"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.  If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

 

"We're treated as if we're naughty by nature. There are words that the
child psychologists use, like "socialising a child". Well I've got news for
you, we were social to begin with, until we were driven crazy. Then they try
and socialize us afterwards, try and tame us, after they've driven us mad
and angry." (
Jean Liedloff)


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


"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." (Stacia Tauscher)


"We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws" (Tacitus)

"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is" (Isaac Asimov)


"We are willing to do anything 'for the children' except suggest that
their mothers should stay with them; we are committed to 'leaving no child
behind' unless it is by his mother hustling off to make her career" (Rich Lowery, May 2001 
National Review)


"When we use punishment, our children are robbed of the opportunity to develop their own innerdiscipline-the ability to act with integrity, wisdom, compassion and mercy when there is no external force holding them accountable for what they do" (Barbara Coloroso)


“Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream” (Hugh Hefner)


Medicine can be currently taken in syrup, capsule or tablet forms amongst others. Why not education? (Anon)


"Our schools are not failing, they're just succeeding in ways we prefer not to see" (Daniel Quinn)


"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently" (Friedrich Nietzsche)


"Imagination is more important than knowledge" (Albert Einstein)


"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to change you is the hardest thing of all" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


"What distinguishes a human being from a computer? The ability to add up numbers? The ability to understand language? The ability to be logical? It is, of course, none of the above. It is the ability to play. Computers cannot have fun. They cannot fantasize. They cannot dream, they cannot experience emotion or summon intuition. These rare, precious qualities come naturally to every child on this earth yet they tend to be seen, by well meaning adults, as faults, foibles and failings. In pushing tiny toddlers to 'perform', we rob them of the ability to imagine" (Jonathan Cainer)


"The evolution of culture is ultimately determined by the amount of  love, understanding and freedom experienced by its children... Every abandonment, every betrayal, every hateful act towards children returns tenfold a few decades later upon the historical stage, while every empathic act that helps a child become what he or she wants to become, every expression of love toward children heals society and moves it in unexpected, wondrous new directions" (Lloyd deMause)


"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks” (Dorothy Parker)

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it" (Chinese Proverb)

"Accusing a home school kid of missing out on 'socialization' is like accusing a work-at-home entrepreneur of missing out on corporate politics" (Perry Marshall)

"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child." (George Bernard Shaw)

"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom" (Albert Einstein)

"What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all" (John Holt)

"That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterwards makes him a manager of life" (Henry Ward Beecher)

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest." (John Holt)

"If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness" (Carl Rogers)

Modern education is competitive, nationalistic and separative. It has trained the child to regard material values as of major importance, to believe that his nation is also of major importance and superior to other nations and peoples. The general level of world information is high but usually biased, influenced by national prejudices, serving to make us citizens of our nation but not of the world" (Albert Einstein)

"The child is a foreigner who doesn't know the language, isn't familiar with the street plan, is ignorant of the laws and customs of the land. At times he likes to go exploring on his own; when things get rough, he asks for directions and help. What he needs is a guide who will politely answer his questions" (Janusz Korczak)

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" (Pablo Picasso)

“Children are being denied their freedom by keeping them in schools as batch numbers for society” (Homeschooler, Australia)

"Home-schooling is a powerful method of developing entire communities among disadvantaged people" (Pestalozzi)

"Instead of spending two or three years teaching children things they will inevitably learn anyway, why not teach them some things they will not inevitably learn and that they would actually enjoy learning at this age? How to navigate by the stars, for example. How to tan a hide. How to distinguish edible foods from inedible foods. How to build a shelter from scratch. How to make tools from scratch. How to make a canoe. How to track animals - all the forgotten but still valuable skills that our civilization is actually built on" (Daniel Quinn)

"We cannot decide, once and for all, whether it is parents, teachers, counselors, psychologists, family courts, judges, or whatever, who know what is best for children. In important matters, nobody can know better than the child himself. You don't have to be very old or very smart to know your friends from your enemies, to know when people dislike you, are cruel to you, and hurt you. Any five-year-old knows the difference between a mean teacher and a nice one and is smart enough to want to get away from the mean one. It is only adults who ... think that the mean teacher is somehow doing the child some good. Not that the adults themselves willingly stick around people who are contemptuous and cruel to them. Not for a minute. It is only to other people, above all young people, that we say that pain doesn't really hurt, it really does you good. But a child should have the same right as anyone else to move away from whoever or whatever is hurting him and toward whatever he feels may help him" (John Holt)

"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 coloured 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)

"Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press is the foundation for the sound and natural development of any people"  (Albert Einstein)

“If there is anything we wish to change in a child, see if it's not something that could better be changed in ourselves” (Carl Jung)

"When a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place where we share our deepest secrets and stand the most exposed, a place where we learn to feel distinct without being "better," and sacrifice for others without losing ourselves" (Letty Cottin Pogrebin)

“Every single person on the planet is a genius” (Robin Sharma)

"We are so programmed by other people’s programming which is programming by
other people’s programming that we are on autopilot and we ourselves can’t
see through our own stuff" (Nwenna Kai)

"Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions. His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. He must look at every path closely and deliberately. There is a question that a warrior has to ask, mandatorily: ‘Does this path have a heart?’” (Carlos Castaneda)

"All things are difficult before they are easy" (Thomas Fuller)

"The absence of fear is the finest thing that can happen to a child" (A.S. Neill)

"No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge
with which true education is concerned"  (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

"Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today" (Gandhi)

"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure" (Emma Goldman) 

"I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained" (Walt Disney)

"When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course" (Peter Drucker)

"When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow" (Anais Nin)

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes" (Mahatma Gandhi)

"It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense" (Robert Green Ingersoll)

"Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?" (Joseph Campbell) 

"Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding" (Ezra Pound)

"Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint" (Pablo Picasso)

"An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong" (Russel Baker)

"Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself" (William Martin)

"For most children school is experienced as a kind of penance for some unknown sin. Like army conscripts they are forced to yet used to it and can't leave it fast enough when their sentence is over. That is not how education should be experienced for it marks a child for life giving him a negative attitude to learning" (CCMW)

"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)

"What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero" (Pablo Picasso)

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison" (Victor Hugo)


"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)

“Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave. He is above, or at any rate, beyond the reach of, all political powers” (Seneca)

"It is beneath human dignity to lose one’s individuality and become a mere cog in the machine" (Ghandi)

"The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness" (Einstein)

"I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers" (Woody Allen)

"The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense" (Pablo Picasso)

"To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education. I call it intrusion" (Muriel Spark) 

"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"  (Krishnamurti)

"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives" (Robert H. Hutchins)

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift" (Einstein)

"A child whose life is full of the threat and fear of punishment is locked into babyhood. There is no way for him to grow up, to learn to take responsibility for his life and acts. Most important of all, we should not assume that having to yield to the threat of our superior force is good for the child's character. It is never good for anyone's character" (John Holt)

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality" (Einstein)


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed" (Einstein)


"I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly" (Michael de Montaigne) 


When somebody doesn't have a choice, they never feel connected to their life.  It doesn't matter if they're good at it or not"  (André Agassi)


"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence" (Einstein)

"I am certain that most of my education happened when I was on my own, reading, or staring out of the window, thinking" (Tom Hodgkinson)

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently"  (Friedrich Nietzsche)

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” (Michelangelo)


"Ingen undervisning är bättre än dålig undervisning" Ja, så säger en brittisk professor i barnkultur: "Varför är dålig undervisning sämre än ingen alls?
– För att barn är naturligt kreativa från början och både deras kreativitet och självkänsla kan skadas av dålig undervisning."

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