“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”
– W.B. Yeats (19th century Irish poet)

“For every adult wanting to teach, there are 30 children not wanting to learn.”
– W.C. Sellar (English schoolmaster)

“If you want to know how to educate a child, look at what the public school does, and do something else.”
– John Gatto (N.Y. State Teacher of the Year)

“There is nothing asked of children in government schools that is real; there is nothing important to do there.”
– John Gatto

“I never let schooling interfere with my education.”
– Mark Twain

“Due to its emphasis on competition, institutional education leaves a large population of losers…”
– John Gatto

“The most fundamental political question is, “Who gets to teach the children?
– Plato

“The idea that all students should master a given body of knowledge by a certain grade is artificial…”
– Dr. Joel Spring (Professor of Education)

“I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a better way to do things than locking children up all day in cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families, mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to be independent and self-reliant and free.”
– John Gatto

“You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help them find it within himself.”
– Galileo

“There is too much education, especially in American schools.”
– Albert Einstein

“God has created us and our gifts for a place of His choosing and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.”
– Dr. Os Guinness (Christian Author)

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will not stand before ordinary men. He will stand before kings.”
– Proverbs 22:29

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. What the world needs is more people who have come alive.”
– Gil Bailie (Author)

“All theories of child rearing talk in averages… average men and women really don’t exist.”
– John Gatto

“There is no agreed-upon standard of knowledge in any academic field-an issue that most test companies try to avoid.”
Dr. Joel Spring

“None of the familiar school sequences is defensible… all are arbitrary”
– John Taylor Gatto

“Children might not want to learn what we want them to know; but they will surely learn what they want to know. Why don’t we just begin their education with what they want to know?”
– Chris Davis

“Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates.”
– Henry Adams (Author/Historian)

“Little substantive learning takes place in out schools as they are now organized.”
– Adam Robinson (Author/Chess Master)

“The one goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.”
– Sir Max Beerhohm (Author)

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein

“It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.”
– Albert Einstein

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
– Oscar Wilde

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”
– Albert Einstein

“I am always ready to learn but I do not always like to be taught.”
– Winston Churchill

“I believe in teaching, but I don’t believe in going to school.”
– Robert Frost

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
– Albert Einstein

“I have no respect for a man who can spell a word in only one way.”
– Mark Twain

“In the beginning, God created idiots. That was for practice. Then He created school boards.”
– Mark Twain

“Tell me and I will surely forget. Show me; I may remember only that I once saw something interesting. Let me do it and it becomes mine.”
– Native American Proverb

“We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly full of words and do not know a thing.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (Author/Poet)

“Education is one of the few things a person is willing not to receive even when he has paid for it.”
– William Lowe Bryan (President, Indiana Univ.)

“A good teacher teaches a child how to learn without at teacher.”
– Anonymous

“…education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence…”
– Bertrand Russell (Philosopher)

“Don’t give children answers to remember; give them problems to solve.”
– Roger Lewin (Scientist/Author)

“I have no special talents. I am only passionate and curious.”
– Albert Einstein

“Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.”
– Madeline Hunter

“A man is not necessarily idle just because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.”
– Victor Hugo (Author, Les Misérables, ect.)

“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”
– John Stuart Mill

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
– Anatole France (Nobel peace Prize winning author)

“I am convinced that schools no longer prepare children for the real world.”
– Isabelle Adams (Super. of schools, Australia)

“They teach in academics far too many things, and far too much of it is useless.”
– Goethe

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”
– Albert Einstein

“Books make a full man;
Conference makes a ready man;
Writing makes an exact man.”
– Quote engraved on the wall of the U.S. Library of congress

“Train up a child according to his way. When he is old, he will not depart from it.
– Proverbs 22:6

“I am a bear of very little brain. And long words bother me.”
– Winnie the Pooh