Unschooling memes for the week 26

lew_rockwell_unschooling_memeIt isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state’s goodness and its concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They will fasten the chains to their own ankles. – Lew Rockwell.

henry_david_thoreau_unschooling_memeWhat does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch for a free, meandering brook. – Henry David Thoreau.

mark_twain_unschooling_memeI have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain.

john_taylor_gatto_unschooling_memeNorth American economies dazzled the world for centuries because they encouraged resourcefulness, individuality, and risk-taking to dominate the marketplace, and these qualities were encouraged in everyone, not just in the elites. Lockstep schooling driven by standardized testing, testing not to measure learning but obedience, was the mechanism used to drive out imagination and courage. – John Taylor Gatto.

richard_louv_unschooling_memeWhat is Ritalin and Adderall were prescribed less and Nature prescribed more? – Richard Louv.

albert_einstein_unschooling_memeI have no special talents. I am just passionately curious. – Albert Einstein.

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

alec_bourne_unschooling_memeIt is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. – Alec Bourne.

confucious_unschooling_memeLearn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it. – Confucious.

john_taylor_gatto_unschooling_memeSchool is about learning to wait your turn, however long it takes to come, if ever. And how to submit with a show of enthusiasm to the judgement of strangers, even if they are wrong, even if your enthusiasm is phony. – John Taylor Gatto.

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