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Homeschooling Quotes & Words on Education. Homeschool Quotations & Wise Words on Education by Great Thinkers. Quips, Quotes, Adages, and Aphorisms on Homeschool, Public School, Life, Knowledge and Learning.

These life-learning, life-affirming quotations will help you find the right words to explain your homeschool lifestyle to skeptics ... or help you take the homeschooling plunge ... or maybe help you remember why you decided to homeschool in the first place!

Homeschooling, home-schooling, home school, unschooling, home education... whatever you call this special educational alternative, it is fabulous for the whole family!

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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.

- Quote / Words by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Homeschooling and public schooling are as opposite as two sides of a coin. In a homeschooling environment, the teacher need not be certified, but the child MUST learn. In a public school environment, the teacher MUST be certified, but the child need NOT learn. - Gene Royer

We're not trying to do "School at Home." We're trying to do homeschool. These are two entirely different propositions. We're not trying to replicate the time, style or content of the classroom. Rather we're trying to cultivate a lifestyle of learning in which learning takes place from morning until bedtime 7 days each week. The "formal" portion of each teaching day is just the tip of the iceburg. - Steve and Jane Lambert ( Five In A Row )

School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. - Ivan Illich in "Deschooling Society" 1970

What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all. - John Holt

The idea is to educate, not follow anyone's schedule about when something should be studied. - Ray Drouillard

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

Educating a child is a natural process. Home schooling is nothing more than an extension of parenting. - Sue Maakestad

The geniuses of the ages were generally brought up in home schools. - Raymond Moore


I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. - Albert Einstein

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me. - St. Augustine

I still say the only education worth anything is self-education. - Robert Frost

Education is helping the child realise his potentialities. -Eric Fromm

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. - Malcolm Forbes

He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn't know. - George Simmel, German Philosopher


Teaching does not make learning --- organized education operates on the assumption that children learn only when and only what and only because we teach them. This is not true. It is very close to 100% false. Learners make learning.
-- Education Reformer John Holt

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. - Roger Lewin


Q: How does a homeschooling family change a light bulb?

A: First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life.
Then, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles.
Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill.
On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill.
Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed.
And there is light.

~Author Unknown


Why Public Schooling Is "Better" Than Homeschooling:

Most parents were educated in the underfunded public school system, and so are not smart enough to homeschool their own children.

Homeschooled children may not learn important office career skills, like how to sit still for six hours straight.

Fluorescent lighting may have significant health benefits.

The fashion industry depends upon the peer pressure that only public schools can generate.


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world - Albert Einstein

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of the child. - Plato

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child. - George Bernard Shaw

"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." ~Proverbs 24:3-4

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin


Great spirits have always been violently oppressed by mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. - Bill Moyers

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. - Mary Lou Cook

* A child's spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back. - Aurthur Miller

* In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. - Albert Schweitzer

* It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit - Shinichi Suzuki


"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

"People tend to overlook the fact that the mind must have its food. We tend to think we should learn to know, rather than learning so we can grow [as persons]." Charlotte Mason

I say above all else don't let your home become [a] miniture copy of the school. no lesson plans, no quizzes, no tests, no report cards! even leaving your child alone would be better; at least they would figure out some things on their own. Live together as well as you can; enjoy life together as much as you can. - Holt

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. - Thoreau


Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert Einstein

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. ~Abbé Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~George Santayana

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding. ~Ezra Pound

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. ~ Robert Frost

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life. ~Author Unknown

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. ~Edward Everett

To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education. I call it intrusion. ~Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~Will Durant

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. ~John W. Gardner

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. ~Peter Drucker

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle

Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~Allan Bloom

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey

There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. ~Will Rogers

The regular course was Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with; and then the different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. ~Lewis Carroll

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