When I first read “Free Range Learning” and we went cold turkey into unschooling I kept a diary and I covered it with these quotes. Sometimes if I was having a ‘wobbly’ moment, all I would need to do was to read and absorb one of these, or a similar quote, take a few deep breathes…(OK and maybe have a bit of chocolate & a hug from one of the kids too) and I would be fine again and know that we were doing exactly the right thing for our kids.
There will be more, but here are some to get started!
Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so is study without a liking for it spoils the memory and it retains nothing it takes in. – Leonardo Da Vinci
To find oneself, think for yourself – Socrates
Children learn individually, not in bunches. They learn out of curiosity and interest not to please an adult in power. They ought to be in control of their own learning, deciding for themselves what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. – John Holt
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
When you make the finding yourself, you never forget it – Carl Sagan
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives – John Holt
Much learning does not teach intelligence. – Heraclitus
A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it and to do the things they see bigger people doing.
I don’t know where this is from, but it really says it all.
Just as a toddler loves to empty a peg bucket while you hang out the washing, older children still just want to play with the pegs. The pegs may look different that’s all. As their world expands and they see other people doing other new things, they just want to make sense of that. And so they learn….