Compiled by Teri Ann Berg Olsen, from Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom
“Home schooling is a very old way of doing things. If you look at any of the bills in your wallet or the coins in your pocket, they all have a picture of a homeschooler on them.” ~William Lloyd
“The geniuses of the ages were generally brought up in home schools.” ~Raymond Moore
“I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a room full of pupils cannot do this. At home, too, they are in their mother’s care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Educating a child is a natural process. Home schooling is nothing more than an extension of parenting.” ~Sue Maakestad
“Home is the focus of the work of home schooling parents. Perhaps like no other challenge in life, homeschooling forces us to consider our identity and our roles as mothers and fathers, and it allows us to shape every aspect of our home—its tone, the way it’s decorated, the media we allow to enter it, what we eat and how we eat, how we celebrate, how we laugh, how we rest, and how we prepare for the unexpected.” ~Renee Ellison
“Consider that home schooling is not a civil rights movement, nor just a family movement, nor an educational movement in any conventional sense, nor a religious movement per se. Because it is some of each of these, and all of none.” ~Mitchell L. Stevens
“So what is the difference between home schooling and home educating? You are home schooling if your children’s learning is centered around what your state, neighbor, or cousin says that they should be learning. Home educating, on the other hand, is taking the initiative to prepare a home that is rich in learning opportunities.” ~Deb Deffinbaugh
“I have come to believe that a person’s schooling is as much a part of his private business as his politics or religion, and that no one should be required to answer questions about it. May I say instead that most of what I know I did not learn in school, or even in what most people would call learning situations.” ~John Holt
“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.” ~George Bernard Shaw
“I still say the only education worth anything is self-education.” ~Robert Frost
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