"It is more important for a child to be comfortable and functional than to look
- 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 empowerment
"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 it."
- Rue Kream,
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
- Tenzin Gyatso,
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama