A. Neill (principal – Summerhill Natural Learning Center)
Childhood is not preparation for adulthood – it is a part of life.
Before there were television and video games, kids used to play outdoors, entertain themselves and work around the house in the afternoons. Kids don’t choose television over people. They choose television because of lack of people interaction.
Isabel Patterson, The God of the Machine
A tax supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.
While information about cavemen grunting by a fire pit, after primordial mutant birth, is running rampant, the histories of undeniable civilizations are being erased.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
We have a cultural notion that if children were not engineered, if we did not manipulate them, they would grow up as beasts in the field. This is the wildest fallacy in the world.
Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
I believe that school makes complete fools of our young men, because they see and hear nothing of ordinary life there.
I’m sure the reason such young nitwits are produced in our schools is because they have no contact with anything of any use in everyday life.
The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God, to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God’s glory is not scholarship, but insurrection.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of the child.
Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink of it deeply, or taste it not, for shallow thoughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking deeply sobers us again.
Ezra Loomis Pound
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep herding.
To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educational opportunity is like confusing organized religion with spirituality. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new.
The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.
Dr Brian Ray, HSLDA (Marching to the beat of their own drum! A profile of home education research)
Research … reveals a significant advantage in social development for home schooled children. They are socially adept, possess a positive self-image, and are active in areas that devlop leadership skills. Thomas Smedley, in a 1992 controlled study, concluded: `… the home educated children in this sample were significantly better socialised and more mature than those in public school.’
Paul Michael Raymond
In our day all religion is tolerable, except the Christian religion. The hallucinations of the humanists have become contagious. Now, even Christians believe that education can be achieved without the inclusion of God.
In 1 Corinthians 7:14 the Apostle identifies the Children of a believing parent as Holy. When compared to the words of the Lord Jesus, in Matthew 7:6 we read that none are to give that which is holy (i.e. the children of the Covenant) unto the dogs (the secular state). Here is a clear command and warning not to render that which is God’s to the house of Caesar.
Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education
Parents and families are the first and most important teachers. If families teach a love of learning, it can make all the difference in the world to our children.
It seems to me that anything that can be taught to another is relatively inconsequential, and has little or no significant influence on behavior. I realise increasingly that I am only interested in learnings which significantly influence behavior. I have come to feel that the only learning which significantly influences behavior is self-discovered, self-appropriated learning. Such self-discovered learning, truth that has been personally appropriated and assimilated in experience, cannot be directly communicated to another. As a consequence of the above, I realize that I have lost interest in being a teacher.
Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teaching were removed. To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Richard Rorty, former philosophy professor at Princeton University, Universality and Truth, in Robert B. Brandom (ed.), Rorty and his Critics, pp. 21-22:
“. . . we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own … we do our best to convince these students of the benefits of secularization. We assign first-person accounts of growing up homosexual to our homophobic students for the same reasons that German schoolteachers in the postwar period assigned The Diary of Anne Frank… You have to be educated in order to be … a participant in our conversation … So we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable. We are not so inclusivist as to tolerate intolerance such as yours … I think those students are lucky to find themselves under the benevolent Herrschaft [domination] of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents …”
(found on The Thinking Housewife’s post “The Education Con Game“).
Homeschooling and public schooling are as opposite as two sides of a coin. In a homeschooling environment, the teacher need not be certified, but the child MUST learn. In a public school environment, the teacher MUST be certified, but the child need NOT learn.
But when mothers deign to nurse their own children, then morals will reform themselves, natural feeling will revive in every heart, the state will be repopulated.
It is only in our father’s home that we learn to love our own, and a woman whose mother did not educate her herself will not be willing to educate her own children.
There is no more charming picture than that of family life..
Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read and write and above all, let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.
For a church or for parents to have no regard for the fact that their children are receiving a godless education is a mark of apostasy.
To control the future requires the control of education and of the child. Hence, for Christians to tolerate statist education, or to allow their children to be trained thereby, means to renounce power in society, to renounce their children, and to deny Christ’s Lordship over all of life.
Scientific societies are as yet in their infancy. It is expected that advances in physiology and pyschology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they have now even in totalitarian countries. Education should aim at destroying free will, so that after children have left school, they shall be incapable, for the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than their schoolmasters would have wished (‘the impact of science on society’ 1953, Pgs 49-50).
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
The majority of parents feel affection for their children, and this sets limits to the harm they do them. But education authorities have no affection for the children concerned; at best, they are actuated by public spirit, which is directed towards the community as a whole, and not merely towards the children; at worst, they are politicians engaged in squabbles for plums.
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.
Another merit of home is that it preserves the diversity between individuals. If we were all alike, it might be convenient for the bureaucrat and the statistician, but it would be very dull, and would lead to a very unprogressive society.
When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
J.C. Ryle, The Upper Room (1888)
Instruction, and advice, and commands will profit little, unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life. Your children will never believe you are in earnest, and really wish them to obey you, so long as your actions contradict your counsel… Think not your children will practise what they do not see you do. You are their model picture, and they will copy what you are… will seldom learn habits which they see you despise, or walk in paths in which you do not walk yourself.