Patrick Farenga

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“As homeschoolers we need to find ways to reach out to teachers and parents who don’t want to see childrens’ 12 years of compulsory schooling reduced to skills training for big business. Nurturing the human capacity to learn through love and intrinsic motivation is as important to life — to me, more important — as ‘learning for earning.’ Art, religion, music, science, math, literature, and so on have made significant strides throughout human history because of our intrinsic motivations for learning, not in spite of it! Shutting off all the avenues to these subjects and reducing them to one toll road is the blight of educational hubris. By ‘educational hubris’ I mean as Ivan Illich defined it in Deschooling Society in 1972 (to paraphrase): ‘doing what God himself cannot do: namely, manipulate others for their own salvation.’”

~Patrick Farenga in an interview by Helen Hegener for Home Education Magazine, July/August, 1997

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