"It is easier to build strong children than to repair
- 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 philosophical level."
- 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,
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,
how to think is empowerment (EarthSky)
"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,
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