"Curiosity is, in essence, the replacement for curriculum when unschooling. And that is why being
curious is such an important trait for unschooling parents to embrace."
- Pam Laricchia,
Free to Live: Create a
Thriving Unschooling Home
"Babies are born knowing everything that we as adults have forgotten."
- Felicia Thomas
"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million."
- Walt Streightiff
"When you teach a child something, you take away forever his chance of discovering it for
- Jean Piaget
"No matter the problem, kindness is always the right response. When your child is having a problem,
stop, listen, then respond to the need, not the behavior. The behavior can be addressed later, after the
need has been met, because only then is the door to effective communication truly open."
- L. R. Knost,
Two Thousand Kisses a
Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages
"We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children, between the ugliness of
hate and the will to oppose it."
- Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016)
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
"I'm certainly not an expert in the field, but most education today seems to be aimed toward
supplying people with information on how to make money, and prepare themselves for making money, and has
very little to do with preparing them for the problems that they meet in life on an emotional level and on a
- Marlon Brando,
"Meet Marlon Brando", Documentary 1966
"It is more important for a child to be comfortable and functional than to look normal."
- Sparrow Rose Jones,
No You Don't: Essays from
an Unstrange Mind
"Kids are born scientists. They're born probing the natural world that surrounds them. They'll lift
up a rock. They'll pick up a bug. They'll pull petals off a flower. They'll ask you why the grass is green
and the sky is blue, and they'll experiment with breakable things in your house. I think the best thing a
parent can do, when raising a child, is simply get out of their way.
"It might mean they break a dish someday, because they're experimenting with how dishes roll down
the corridor. But they'll learn something about how fragile something as brittle as glass can be. There's a
lesson there. ... Exploration can become a fundamental part of what a growing child requires to become a
thinking member of society."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Learning how to think is
"School is as far away from the real world as possible. In school we learn that we cannot control
our own destinies and that it is acceptable to let others govern our lives. In the real world we can take
responsibility for choosing our own paths and governing our own lives. The real world is what we make
- Rue Kream,
Parenting A Free
Child: An Unschooled Life
"Since a child cannot survive without the care of others, love is its most important nourishment.
The happiness of childhood, the allaying of the child's many fears and the healthy development of its
self-confidence all depend directly upon love."
- Tenzin Gyatso,
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama