Monday, May 10, 2010

Favorite Quotes

The following is a list of my favorite quotes about homeschooling and education. I compiled this list before I even began homeschooling, so when I struggle or have doubts I will have a place to find inspiration once again. I hope you enjoy these as well.

All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.

-John Holt, in “How Children Learn”

Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.
-John Holt

We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty rewards–gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A’s on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean’s lists or Phi Beta Kappa keys–in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else.
-John Holt

My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.

-Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

-Mark Twain

One of the most important effects of the study of a subject should be the development of a spirit of inquiry. The ability to ask real questions is more useful than the capacity to answer simple ones.

-Raymond Harris

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

An orchestra requires men with different talents and, within limits, different tastes; if all men insisted upon playing the trombone, orchestral music would be impossible. Social co-operation, in like manner, requires differences of taste and aptitude, which are less likely to exist if all children are exposed to the same influences than if parental differences are allowed to affect them 

- Bertrand Russell

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 

- William Butler Yeats

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. 
- Malcolm Forbes

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