“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”
“One of the first things a family tries to teach its children is the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. One of the first things our schools do is destroy that distinction.”
-John Taylor Gatto, foreword, The Art of Education
If you think in seasons, plant cereals. If you think in decades, plant trees. If you think in centuries, educate your children.
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, The Aquarian Conspiracy
The preschool years are not the time to teach reading or math. We should use life’s most impressionable years to teach life’s most important lession: how to be happy!
-Richard and Linda Eyre, in Teaching Children Joy