Unschooling memes for the week 21

trevor_eissler_unschooling_memeA machine’s natural state is to move according to the dictates of its operator. The natural state of a child is move according to his own developing brain, which is seeking specific inputs to construct itself. – Trevor Eissler.

trevor_eissler_unschooling_memeThe way our government institutions and media are telling us to parent is perpetuating the authoritarian paradigm which is distancing us from our children and robbing us of the joy that we are all meant to have by nature as parents. Take back your lives and the lives of your children. Take the freedom and joy that is waiting for you and begin to deschool yourself on everything you thought you knew on parenting and education. Freedom is waiting for you in ways that you’ve never dreamed before. Join the revolution. – Dayna Martin.

wendy_preisnitz_unschooling_memeTrusting ourselves as parents is as important – and as difficult – as trusting our children. – Wendy Preisnitz.

leo_tolstoy_unschooling_memeFreethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless. – Leo Tolstoy.

c_s_lewis_unschooling_memeThe great service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. No one has time to do more than a few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subject, we destroy his standards, perhaps for life. – C. S. Lewis.

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 that repairman even after he broke your set, you would be outraged. Why are you so docile when you give your child up to a government agent called a school teacher? – John Taylor Gatto.

john_holt_unschooling_memeWe ask children to do most of a day what few adults are able to do for even an hour. How many of us, attending, say, a lecture that doesn’t interest us, can keep our minds from wandering? Hardly any. – John Holt.

john_holt_unschooling_memePeople feel incapable of teaching mainly because the years they spent in school mostly were a waste of time. – Gareth Lewis.

john_holt_unschooling_memeThe essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another. – Marva Collins.

john_holt_unschooling_memeI don’t see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were. – John Holt.

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