Unschooling memes for the week 11

maria_montessori_unschooling_memeThe test of the correctness of the educational procedure is the happiness of the child. – Maria Montessori.

jeannie_fulbright_unschooling_memeIf the purpose of learning is to score well in a test, we’ve lost sight for the real reason for learning. – Jeannie Fulbright.

margaret_mead_unschooling_meme Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. – Margaret Mead.

fred_rogers_unschooling_memePlay is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers.

ken_davis_unschooling_memeChildren know how to appreciate the journey. They delight in the things they miss as we rush to our destination. – Ken Davis.

john_holt_unschooling_memeLearning to read is easy, and most children will do it more quickly and better and with more pleasure if they can do it themselves, untaught, untested, and helped only when and if they ask for help. – John Holt.

ludwig_von_mises_unschooling_memeInnovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them. – Ludwig von Mises.

john_holt_unschooling_memeIf I had to make a general rule for living and working with children, it might be this: be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued. – John Holt.

dr_raymond_moore_unschooling_memeThe idea that children need to be around many youngsters in order to be “socialized” is perhaps the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing today. – Dr. Raymond Moore.

stefan_molyneux_unschooling_memeThe goal of parenting is to create self-sufficient values in children. Applying external pressure and punishments tends to teach them fear-based compliance rather than the internalization of moral standards. – Stefan Molyneux.


Paul King is a happily married unschooling dad of two wonderful boys. Currently living in Bali and working his way around the world. He runs the websites www.mypashmina.co.uk www.hammockheaven.co.uk and www.therealrugcompany.co.uk.

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