Unschooling memes for the week 16

rebecca_eanes_unschooling_memeSo often, children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes, yet we adults have them all the time. None of us is perfect, and we must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we ourselves can attain. – Rebecca Eanes.

alice_miller_unschooling_memeOur whole system of raising and educating children provides the power-hungry with a ready-made railway network that they can use to reach the destination of their choice. They need only to push the buttons parents and educators have already installed. – Alice Miller.

carl_sagan_unschooling_memeEvery kid starts out as a natural born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle down the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact. – Carl Sagan.

dayna_martin_unschooling_memeIn our culture, children are forced through punishments and rewards to act in a manner that is easy for parents. Such coerced behavior meets the parents’ needs only. This models narcissism. Children learn what they live. Unschooling philosophy promotes respect and freedom towards children, which honors everyone in the family equally. This models altruism, kindness and understanding. What do your children live? – Dayna Martin.

linda_darling_hammond_unschooling_memeIf we taught babies to talk as most skills are taught in schools, they would memorize lists of sounds in a predetermined order and practice them alone in a closet. – Linda Darling-Hammond.

wayne_dyer_unschooling_memeLove is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you. – Wayne Dyer.

doe_zantamata_unschoooling_memeIf your parents measured you as a child, they had you stand against a wall, and made a little pencil mark on the wall to show your growth. They did not measure you against your brother, or neighbor’s kids, or kids on the tv. When you measure your growth, make sure to only measure your today self by your past self. If you compare your relationships, your success or your anything against anyone else, you are not being fair to you. Everyone has a different path, a different pace, and different challenges to face along the way. – Doe Zantamata.

john_taylor_gatto_unschooling_memeIf I demanded you give up your television to an anonymous, itinerant repairman who needed work you’d think I was crazy; if I came with a policeman who forced you to pay the repairman even after he broke your set, you would be outraged. Why are you giving up your when you give your child to a government agent called a schoolteacher? – John Taylor Gatto.

john_holt_unschooling_memeIt is as true now as it was then that no matter what tests show, very little of what is taught in school is learned, very little of what is learned is remembered, and very little of what is remembered is used. The things we learn, remember and use are the things we seek out or meet in the daily, serious, nonschool of our lives. – John Holt.

mark_twain_unschooling_memeDon’t let school interfere with your education. – Mark Twain.

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