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On Education, A-C

Jacob Abbott (1850)

Keep children as much as possible by themselves … keep them from company, good or bad. … It will be generally found that the most virtuous and the most intellectual, are those who have been brought up with few companions. … in fact his mental resources may be considered entirely unknown and unexplored, who cannot spend his best and happiest hours alone.


Henry Adams

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of facts.


John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.



The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.


Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius (1991)

The Government’s favourite formula for raising educational standards has the merit of simplicity. We are now top of the European league table in at least one respect: our children are subjected to more national school exams than those in any other country……Parents may comfort themselves with the thought that, however badly educated their children may be when they leave school, they will at least be able to do exams.

The newer and broader picture [of language development] suggests that the child emerges into literacy by actively speaking, reading and writing in the context of real life, not through filling out phonics worksheets or memorizing [lists of look-say] words.


Association of California School Administrators
Parents’ choice proceeds from the belief that the purpose of education is to provided individual students with an education.  In fact, educating the individual is but a means to the true end of education, which is to create a viable social order to which individuals contribute and by which they are sustained.  “Family choice” is, therefore, basically selfish and anti-social in that it focuses on the ‘wants’ of a single family rather than the “needs” of society (cited by Cathy Duffy in Government Nannies, p. 116).


St. Augustine

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.


James Baldwin

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him.


Clinical Psychologist Dr Paula Barret from Griffith University, Queensland

Some children are not ready to go to school at five as their motor, social and cognitive skills are not sufficiently developed.


Dr. Reg Barrow, from the article entitled “Godless Public Education and Sin” by Dr. Reg Barrow, available for free download at

The excuses for taking the short term “easy” road of public education are legion among Christians. They range from ‘I can offset the public school’s influence by teaching my children at home between lunch and after school’ (which only admits of guilt, while at the same time begging the question), to the always present ‘I don’t have the time’ or ‘I can’t afford it’ (though large mortgages, new cars, televisions, etc., are easily affordable). Eternity will witness the damage that such a selfish and ungodly agenda produces.


Voddie Baucham, Jr.

If we continue to send our children to Caesar for their education, we need to stop being surprised when they come home as Romans.


Ruth Beechick, A Biblical Psychology of Learning (1982)

For all the most important things in education we have an inside track, since we reckon with the whole person, including heart and soul.


Max Victor Belz ( The Separation of School & State Alliance )

I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.


Jean Bendell ‘School’s Out’

It could be argued that teachers are the best people to teach our children as they have been specially trained for this. But just as equipment is only of value if the child learns through its use – it has no worth otherwise – the qualifications of the teachers are of little value unless the child is actually learning.


Prof. Benjamin Bloom, father of OBE (Outcome Based Education)

The purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students.


Samuel Blumenfeld

Dewey recommended a radical reform of primary education and the adoption of teaching methods that would gradually lower the literacy level of the American people. High literacy created individuals with independent intelligence who could think for themselves. Dewey and his colleagues wanted children to become dependent on the collective. (Read more: Politics and phonics


Alec Bourne

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.


Henry Peter Broughan

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.


Scott T. Brown, Feminine By Design: The Twelve Pillars of Biblical Womanhood

Christians don’t outsource their children

Instead of playing the role as a teacher of the next generation, the great cultural voices want you to outsource the education of your children while you pursue your career, social status, ministry or hobby. This is an act of disobedience to the clear command of scripture. This disobedience has worked havoc in the rising generation.

…Not only does this contribute to the downfall of both church and home, but it can have a profound effect on the woman herself. For when a woman throws off her God given teaching responsibility, not only does she find herself out of harmony with the design of God, her own learning and progress falters, and she becomes less and less knowledgeable.

…Don’t give up the personal growth and development and research and communication and organizational skills that come from being a teacher of the next generation.


Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.


Susan and Michael Card, The Homeschool Journey, Windows into the Heart of a Learning Family

The problem with many materials for children is that they ‘talk down’ to the kids. Like many other home school parents, Michael and I have found that you do not need to talk down to your children in order to effectively teach them. In fact, they seem to respond better when they are given a bit of a challenge. Nor does artwork need to betray good taste in order to be captivating. As parents, we should strive to provide a nurturing environment that will help our children develop both a critical mind for detecting truth and a critical eye for appreciating beauty…


G K Chesterton

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.

There is one thing at least of which there is never so much as a whisper inside the popular schools; and that is the opinion of the people. The only persons who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents.

How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about [arithmetic], and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.


Noam Chomsky, 1994 Canadian documentary, “Manufacturing Consent”

Education is a system of imposed ignorance.


Clay and Sally Clarkson, Educating The Whole Hearted Child (1996)

To paraphrase, No home schooling family is an island unto itself. Whether you want to be or not, you and your children are public relations representatives for the home schooling movement. … Your good example can do more to promote the good reputation of home schooling than any other factor.  Quoted here.


Agatha Christie

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.



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