Compiled by Teri Ann Berg Olsen, author of
"Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom"
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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“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

“Much depends, as is allowed, upon the early education of youth, and the first principles which are instilled take the deepest root.” ~Abigail Adams

“It is highly important not only to be learned but to be virtuous.” ~George Washington

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth.” ~Noah Webster

“If the parents in each generation always or often knew what really goes on at their sons’ schools, the history of education would be very different.” ~C.S. Lewis

“Everything I did was only possible because my parents were dedicated and loving enough to homeschool my sister and me. My mother, a former Montessori teacher and author of several children’s books, took the time to instruct us every day. Aside from textbook lessons, she had us perform many exercises designed to stimulate our creativity.” ~Christopher Paolini

“Home is the best place for teaching many things, first and most important of which is how to think for one's self.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom….It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.” ~Albert Einstein

“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

“My goal is to help my children discover the unique gifts placed within each of them and let that discovery guide them to their purpose in life.” ~Lisa Whelchel

“Schools have not necessarily much to do with education... they are mainly institutions of control, where basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school.” ~Winston Churchill

“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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