"A 'naughty child' doesn't exist - a child who acts out
is simply a child with unmet needs."
- Birgitte Coste, Positive
"The goal of unschooling is not education. It is to help
a child be who she is and blossom into who she will become.
Learning happens as a side effect."
- Joyce Fetteroll
"A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be
- Plutarch (46 - 120)
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not
everything that can be counted counts."
- Albert Einstein
"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can
read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and
develop at the pace that is right for each individual child.
Earlier is not better."
- Magda Gerber
"The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids
will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't
remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you
- Jim Henson,
Creator of The Muppets
"As parents it's not our job to toughen up our children
to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise
children who will make the world a little less cruel and
- L. R. Knost,
Thousand Kisses a Day:
Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages
"Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no
hold on the mind."
Republic, Book 10 (~ 380 BCE)
"Real listening is all about feelings."
- Robin Grille
"Children should be educated according to their
tendencies and skills. Maybe educating children at home is best.
Maybe all schools should be closed."
- John Nash,
Nobel Laureate Mathematician