Our homeschooling world is full of naysayers so occasionally it helps to hear a few good lines from someone in the know.
If you’re having a bad day hopefully, these will perk you up.
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1. Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter brought us Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, and Jemima Puddle-Duck. She grew up in the country surrounded by animals both wild and tame.
‘Thank goodness my education was neglected.’
2. Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi fought for independence against the British and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times (he was never awarded the Prize).
‘There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.’
3. John Holt
John Holt was a teacher before becoming an advocate of homeschooling and unschooling in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
‘Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.’
4. Ivan Illich
Ivan Illich spoke out about his belief that institutionalized education was ineffective.
‘Learning is the human activity which least needs manipulation by others. Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting.’
5. Diane Flynn Keith
Diane Flynn Keith began homeschooling her two sons in 1992 and discovered that there wasn’t much information on the subject. So, she began Homefires.com. Diane is now recognized as an expert and has coached thousands of parents.
‘We can get too easily bogged down in the academic part of homeschooling, a relatively minor part of the whole, which is to raise competent, caring, literate, happy people.’
6. Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie – author of 66 detective novels and 14 short stories and who has been outsold by Shakespeare, the Bible, and no one else – was homeschooled by her father.
‘I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.’
7. Rachel Gathercole
Rachel Gathercole is a freelance writer and homeschooling mother to her three children. She is also the author of The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling.
‘Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children, but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and other children of all ages.’
8. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of March 1879 in Germany. In 1929 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. Targeted for assassination by the Nazis, due to his Jewish heritage, he moved to the USA in 1933 where he became a vocal advocate against racism and nationalism.
‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’
9. Dr Raymond S Moore
Dr Raymond Moore launched the modern homeschooling movement in the United States with his book Better Late than Early.
‘Recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons.’
10. Gene Royer
‘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.’
There you have it. Ten homeschooling quotes to help encourage you on your homeschooling journey.
Do you have a favourite homeschooling quote that helps get you through the tough days?
If so, please comment below and let us know what it is.
How ever you get through the tough days, remember…
Enjoy the Journey,
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.