“The starting point is…”

“The starting point is wonder, curiosity and the joy of discovery, which external compulsion is more likely to extinguish than ignite.” (Philip Coggin)

“The most beautiful thing in the world…”

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!” (Wanda Landowska)

“Birds fly, fish swim…”

“Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much

“Schools are artificial…”

“Schools are artificial man-made institutions in contrast to the home, which is a natural setting. There have always been many cultures with no schools, but none without homes. Learning at home, in fact, was the original education system, and school has become the substitute. Until the last century, children didn’t usually even begin formal school

“Une tête bien faite…”

“Une tête bien faite plutôt qu’une tête bien pleine.” (Michel de Montaigne — 1533-1592)

‘Failure to educate’

“Certainly the failure rate among schoolchildren is far higher than homeschoolers.  If ‘failure to educate’ means child neglect or even child abuse, well then, I’ll tell you what, plenty of our schools are in big trouble.” (David Guterson – Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense)

“Je n’enseigne point…”

“Je n’enseigne point, je raconte.” (Michel de Montaigne — 1533-1592)

“In the name of consistency…”

“– ‘If it is determined that the ‘Home Instruction Program’ is not in compliance, the child must be enrolled in school and the parent will no longer be eligible to conduct a Home Education Program for the child.’ — In the name of consistency – as my father suggested to my writing students – Seneca

“Savoir par cœur…”

“Savoir par cœur n’est pas savoir. C’est tenir ce qu’on a donné en garde à sa mémoire.” (Michel de Montaigne — 1533-1592)

Unquestioned Obedience

“While children’s perceptions of the world and opportunities for genuine spontaneity and creativity are being systematically eliminated from the kindergarten, unquestioned obedience to authority and rote learning of meaningless material are being encouraged.” (Harry L. Gracey, sociologist, “Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp” in H. Stub (ed.) The Sociology of Education: A