Would you mind taking this quick survey about your experiences in school and how you feel it has affected you? Academia Revolution is collecting stories to help explain to people how school can be a toxic environment.
These are all the quotes that show up randomly on each page."[Schools:] vast factories for the manufacture of robots." - Robert Lindner (1914-1956)
"[T]he child should be taught to consider his instructor...superior to the parent in point of authority.... The vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous.... Parents have no remedy as against the teacher." - John Swett, Superintendent of California Public School System (1860s)
"[T]he result desired by the state is a wholly different one from that desired by parents, guardians, and pupils." - Lester Frank Ward 1897
"[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board." - Edward Ross, Professor of Economics, Stanford University, 1900
"A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." - George Santayana
"A closed mind is bolted from the inside."
"A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body." - John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty"
"A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."
"A 'no' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble." - Mahatma Gandhi
"A person who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, a person who doesn't is a fool forever"
"A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
"A poor teacher complains, an average teacher explains, a good teacher teaches, a great teacher inspires." - H. Narasimhaiah
"A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright
"Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men's natural abilities as to restrain them." - Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
"Advertising is legalised lying" - HG Wells
"After a child has arrived at the legal age for attending school,-whether he be the child of noble or of peasant,-the only two absolute grounds of exemption from attendance are sickness and death." - Horace Mann, Life and Works of Horace Mann: Vol. III
"All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education." - Sir Walter Scott
"All people found guilty of being born are sentenced to 12 years of hard labour without bail" - SoulRiser
"All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."
"As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever." - Clarence Darrow
"As we all know the bible states to obey our parents, but the bible also states for the parents not to provoke the child to disobedience."
"Better to be damned for doing something right, than damned for doing nothing right."
"Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction." - Anne Sullivan, Tutor to Helen Keller
"Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education." - Victor Hugo
"Continued adherence to a policy of compulsory education is utterly incompatible with efforts to establish lasting peace." - Ludwig Von Mises
"Corporations have neither bodies to kick, nor souls to damn." - Andrew Jackson
"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." - Albert Einstein
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting for what to have for dinner." - James Bovard
"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you or pay you for teaching them? Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?" - Isabel Paterson
"DON'T STEAL: The government hates competition."
"Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mundane educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom, go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts." - Frank Zappa
"Early to rise, Early to bed, Makes a man healthy but socially dead." - Joshua Warner
"Education is a subversive activity -- that is the reason so little of it is going on." - J.P.Beckley
"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." - Joseph Stalin
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." - Oscar Wilde
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." - Robert Frost (1874-1963)
"Education is unique among consumer products - when it fails to work as advertised, it's the customer that gets labelled as defective." - Kevin Killion
"Education is what others do to you. Learning is what you do for yourself." - Unknown
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein
"Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines." - Erich Fromm
"Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought." - Ludwig von Mises
"Education would be much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every student should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it." - Sir William Haley
"Education, the great mumbo jumbo and fraud of the age purports to equip us to live and is prescribed as a universal remedy for everything from juvenile delinquency to premature senility." - Malcolm Muggeridge, quoted in The Observer (1966)
"Education...has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading." - G. M. Trevelyan
"Even the Devil can quote the Scripture for his own purposes." - Shakespeare
"Every teacher should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth. In this way, the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer-in of the true Kingdom of God." - John Dewey, American educator
"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." - Gertrude Stein
"Everyone who lives, dies, but not everyone who dies, lives."
"Expected respect is respect unearned" - SoulRiser
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial." - Justice Louis Brandeis
"Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact succeeding magnificently, because its aim is to keep the American people thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system." - Richard Mitchell, "The Underground Grammarian"
"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example." - Mark Twain
"For what is meant by saying that a government ought to educate the people? Why should they be educated? What is the education for? Clearly, to fit the people for social life - to make them good citizens. And who is to say what are good citizens? The government: there is no other judge. And who is to say how these good citizens may be made? The government: there is no other judge. Hence the proposition is convertible into this - a government ought to mold children into good citizens, using its own discretion in settling what a good citizen is and how the child may be molded into one." - Herbert Spencer, 1850
"Freedom requires responsibility. That is why most men dread it." - George Bernard Shaw
"Gandhi was much more Christian than many people who say they are Christians." - John Paul II, Pope, 1920 - 2005
"Government schools can't teach reading, writing, and arithmetic - why should we trust them to teach morality, respect, and character? If public education does for ethics what it's done for learning, we'll end up with a generation of immoral, disrespectful, and characterless students." - Steve Dasbach
"Government will not fail to employ education, to strengthen its hands and perpetuate its institutions." - William Godwin
"Great cycles of history began with vigorous cultures awakening to the needs of children, but collapsing with frayed family ties. Have we failed to learn lessons which Ancient China, Greece and Rome learned too late - about day care and death houses for old folks? Do we without protest accept accelerating preschool and nursing home cultures which warn ominously that the earlier you institutionalize your child, the earlier he will institutionalize you!" - Raymond S. Moore, Ph.D.
"Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional."
"Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another." - John Taylor Gatto, "The Underground History of American Education"
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Historically, much of the motivation for public schooling has been to stifle variety and institute social control." - Jack Hugh
"Holy War is a contradiction of terms..." - Elie Wiesel
"Humanity I love you because you are perpetually putting the secret of life in your pants and forgetting it's there and sitting down on it." - E.E. Cummings
"I always knew that I'd look back at my tears and laugh, but I never thought that I'd look back at my laughter and cry." - Rudy Kazootie
"I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican." - George W. Bush
"I believe that school makes complete fools of our young men, because they see and hear nothing of ordinary life there." - Petronius
"I did not become an educator to be liked by the students" - a teacher
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." - Bill Cosby
"I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state." - Max Victor Belz
"I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more if they had known they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman
"I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom" - Sigrid Undset (Nobel Prize winner)
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain
"I have not the least doubt that school developed in me nothing but what was evil and left the good untouched." - Edvard Grieg
"I have opinions of my own - strong opinions - but I don't always agree with them." - George W. Bush
"I know my enemies, they're the teachers who taught me to fight me" - Rage Against The Machine
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." - Albert Einstein
"I prefer errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom." - Anatole France
"I remember that I was never able to get along at school." - Thomas Edison
"I say that we all make an underground movement one student at a time and if we could get the whole school to resist, then there'd be no more school." - Neon Dingo
"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." - Agatha Christie (Author)
"I teach how to fit into a world I don't want to live in. I just can't do it anymore." - John Taylor Gatto (ex-teacher)
"I think that the good name of love has been ruined by abusers, just like the good name of just about everything else." - monkeyman
"I think we've tied acquiring knowledge too much to school" - Arno Penzias (Nobel Prize winner)
"I would much rather give my time for a friend than for someone who will punish me if I don't." - SoulRiser
"I would rather die having spoken in my way, than live having spoken in yours" - Unknown
"If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty." - Mahatma Gandhi
"If the God that I believe in exists, then he or she may well have more respect for atheists who USE their God-given intelligence than for "believers" who don't."
"If this planet is to be transformed for the better, then we as individuals must first transform ourselves."
"If we don't take action now, we settle for nothing later" - Rage Against The Machine
"If we keep on the way we're going, we're going to wind up where we're headed." - Anonymous
"If who I am is what I have, and what I have is lost, then who am I?" - Anonymous
"If you are courageous, listen to the heart. If you are a coward, listen to the head." - Osho Rajneesh
"If you don't have a plan for yourself, you'll be part of someone else's"
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room." - Anita Koddick
"If you're not willing to learn, you shouldn't teach." - Great Teacher Umikun
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"In keeping Americans ill-educated, ill-informed and constitutionally ignorant, the education establishment has been the politician's major and most faithful partner. It is in this sense that American education can be deemed a success." - Walter Williams, Professor of Economics, George Mason University (2005)
"In school, they said Practice Makes Perfect, and then they said Nobody's Perfect, so I stopped practicing." - Stephen Wright
"In the beginning, the world was created. This has been widely considered a bad move and made a lot of people angry."
"In the choice between changing one's mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof." - John K. Gilbraith
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
"Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence." - Albert Edward Wiggin
"Intelligence is like a river. The deeper it is, the less noise it makes."
"It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings." - Mahatma Gandhi
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." - Voltaire
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)
"It is much easier to condemn a child than to understand a child." - Jiddu Krishnamurti
"It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion." - Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany
"It seems to me that much of what we call education is really socialization. Consider what we do to our kids. Is it really a good idea to send your 6-year-old into a room full of 6-year-olds, and then, the next year, to put your 7-year-old in with 7-year-olds, and so on? A simple recursive argument suggests this exposes them to a real danger of all growing up with the minds of 6-year-olds. And, so far as I can see, that's exactly what happens. Our present culture may be largely shaped by this strange idea of isolating children's thought from adult thought. Perhaps the way our culture educates its children better explains why most of us come out as dumb as they do, than it explains how some of us come out as smart as they do." - Marvin Minsky
"It takes a long time to grow young." — Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (1881-1973)
"It's easier to get older that it is to get wiser."
"It's not right versus left, it's top versus bottom!"
"It's time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everybody's role is spelled out in advance and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It's no surprise that our school system doesn't improve: It more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy." - Albert Shanker
"Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state." - Adolf Hitler
"Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. Let him be taught to love his family, but let him be taught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it." - Benjamin Rush, "Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic"
"Life is all too short and precious to waste doing things we don't want to do." - Sarah Fitz-Claridge (a psychologist)
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
"Many of the things you can count don't count. Many of the things you can't count really count." - Albert Einstein
"Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do." - Bertrand Russell
"Maturity chooses no age bracket"
"May all your dreams but one come true, for without that dream there is nothing left to live for" - A wise man
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education" - Bertrand Russell
"Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers." - Thomas Hodgskin, 1823
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal
"Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell." -- Clint W. Murchison , Texas financier
"More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them." - Harold J. Smith
"Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends." - Isabel Paterson
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie
"Most people are not stupid, they're ignorant, so ignorant they think other people are stupid" - Joeri
"My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school." - Margaret Mead
"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
"Never forget that those who bring happiness to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." - Maurice Maeterlinck
"No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: 'But what would you replace it with?' When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?" - Thomas Sowell
"No matter how long it may be, time lost or wasted is something that can never be retreived or taken back." - darthmat
"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow." - Alice Walker
"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Nothing enrages me more than when people criticize my criticism of school by telling me that schools are not just places to learn maths and spelling, they are places where children learn a vaguely defined thing called socialization. I know. I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities." - Seymour Papert
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" - Martin Luther King Jr.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis
"Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it." - Mark Twain
"One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman." - Gandhi
"Opening up to life means letting down our defenses; being our true selves means giving up our pretenses"
"Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back"
"Our schools are, in a sense, factories, in which the raw products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned into products to meet the various demands of life. The specifications for manufacturing come from the demands of twentieth-century civilization, and it is the business of the school to build its pupils according to the specifications laid down." - Ellwood P. Cubberley, Dean of the Stanford University School of Education
"Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role." - William T. Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1889
"Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain." - John Locke, English philosopher (1632-1704)
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." - Albert Einstein
"Pedagogy is driven by other things than knowledge." - Knut Inge Fostervold
"People were made to be loved and things were made to be used. That's why there's so much chaos in the world - people are being used and things are being loved." - Anonymous
"People who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either one being made."
"People will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Astraea
"Politics: Poly-Ticks: Poly means many, Ticks are blood-sucking insects."
"Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely"
"Punishments and rewards are two sides of the same coin and that coin doesn't buy you much." - Alfie Kohn
"Rulers have always taken care to control the education of the people. They know their power is based almost entirely on the school and they insist on retaining their monopoly. The school is an instrument of domination in the hands of the ruling class." - Anarchy: A Graphic Guide, p. 100
"School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence." - H.L. Mencken
"School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is." - Ivan Illich
"School is the first impression children get of organized society. Like most first impressions it is the lasting one. Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief. And other products, too, of course." - John Taylor Gatto, "The Underground History of American Education"
"School spoon-feeds people with information regurgitated by cattle, in the hopes that they may someday join the herd. Moo." - SoulRiser
"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
"Show me the man who has enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore." - Robert Morley
"Sometimes I have so much work to do but don't do it because I am a human, damn it. I am not some machine." - Neon Dingo
"Sometimes I think these administrative types are far more obsessed with sex than the students." - Jesse
"Sometimes you need to run away to see who will follow you."
"Stop chasing life - it can run faster than you." - Arvind Katoch
"Teachers are directed to instruct their pupils... and to awaken in them a sense of their responsibility toward the community of the nation." –Bernhard Rust, Nazi Minister of Education, from "Racial Instruction and the National Community," 1935
"Teachers, parents, and government officials often regard [young] people who refuse to submit to their authority as annoying and dysfunctional because we demand freedom every time they deny it." - Diane Krauthamer
"Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent." - Napolean Bonaparte
"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality." - Beatrix Potter (Author of the Peter Rabbit books)
"The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving." - Russel Green
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." - Paul Valery
"The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children." - Aristotle
"The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone would be interdependent." - John Dewey, American educator
"The classroom's the last room to get the truth" - Rage Against The Machine
"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." - Karl Marx, "The Communist Manifesto"
"The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart."
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Rudyard Kipling
"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." - Mark Twain
"The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides..." - Henri Frederic Amiel
"The millions of dollars which we devote every year to high-school education are, for the most part, money spent for the retarding of intelligence, the discouragement of efficiency, the stunting of character." - Bernard Iddings Bell (1949)
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." - Plutarch
"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself." - Sir Richard F. Burton
"The more subsidized it is, the less free it is. What is known as "free education" is the least free of all, for it is a state-owned institution; it is socialized education - just like socialized medicine or the socialized post office - and cannot possibly be separated from political control." - Frank Chodorov, "Why Free Schools Are Not Free"
"The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school." - George Bernard Shaw
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
"The philosophy in the classroom of this generation is the philosophy of government in the next." - Abraham Lincoln
"The premise upon which mass compulsion schooling is based is dead wrong. It tries to shoehorn every style, culture, and personality into one ugly boot that fits nobody." - John Taylor Gatto
"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius." - Oscar Wilde
"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." - Albert Einstein
"The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding." - Proverbs 29:7
"The shocking possibility that dumb people don't exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn't real." - John Taylor Gatto, "The Underground History of American Education"
"The system that dissed us teaches us to read and write" - Rage Against The Machine
"The thing with politics is that it's not about doing the smart thing, it's about doing the thing that makes people feel good about you" - Joeri
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it." - H.L. Mencken
"The world is a comedy to those who think; a tragedy to those who feel." - Horace Walpole
"The world is divided between people who accomplish things, and those who get the credit."
"The young know how truly difficult and dreadful youth can be. Their youth is wasted on everyone else, that's the horror. The young have no authority, no respect." - Anne Rice
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." - Henry David Thoreau
"There are none so blind as those who will not look."
"There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison." - William Glasser
"There are people who take the heart out of you, and there are those that put it back."
"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." - Mother Teresa
"There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school" - George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize winner)
"Those in society who are in charge of schools must never forget that the parents have been appointed by God himself as the first and principal educators of their children and that their right is completely inalienable." - Pope John Paul II
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything" - Alexander Hamilton
"To achieve the impossible, one must think the absurd, to look where everyone else has looked, but to see what no-one else has seen."
"To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Theodore Roosevelt
"To live outside the law you must be honest." - Bob Dylan
"To respect a person is not possible without knowing him; care and responsibility would be blind if they were not guided by knowledge." - Erich Fromm
"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research."
"Together we have come to realize that for most men the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school." - Ivan Illich, "Deschooling Society"
"True character is how you treat a man that can do you absolutely no good"
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Winston Churchill
"Unquestioned answers are more dangerous than unanswered questions"
"We are servants of our formulaic ways" - Bush (the band)
"We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are the fossils; The relics of our time. We mutilate the meanings; So they're easy to deny" - Smashing Pumpkins
"We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing" - George Bernard Shaw
"We have to wait at least 18 years to be treated with any kind of respect!" - Nick
"We humans are way too imperfect and not understanding enough to be trusted with the power of 'disciplining' others." - SoulRiser
"We live our lives from A-Z, but forget the other 24 letters in between." - Timothy Leary
"We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." - Norman MacEwan
"We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists.... We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children's nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists." - Communist Party Education Workers Congress (1918)
"We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause." - Horace Mann, first secretary of education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
"What borders on the criminal is the poor teaching and neglect of those subjects that deal with the history of ideas and ideals, a knowledge of which is essential to all youth who would assume their place in society as thinking, feeling human beings." - Mortimer Smith (1949)
"What is the most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands." - Alexis de Tocqueville
"What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored." - F W Nietzsche (1889)
"What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters to what lies within us."
"What luck for rulers that men do not think" - Adolf Hitler
"What would Europeans of the sixteenth century have said, had Native Americans landed in England, France, Italy, Portugal or Spain and proclaimed to have "discovered" Europe, and proceeded to invade it?"
"Whatever the explanation, it's perfectly obvious that our educational system has nothing to do with education: it's a babysitting service designed to replicate the worst qualities of the parents." - Stephen R. Donaldson
"What's the difference between a bright, inquisitive five-year-old, and a dull, stupid nineteen-year-old? Fourteen years of the British educational system." - Bertrand Russell
"When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children." - Albert Shanker, Former President of the American Federation of Teachers
"When test scores go up, we should worry, because of how poor a measure they are of what matters, and what you typically sacrifice in a desperate effort to raise scores." - Alfie Kohn
"When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called The People's Stick." - Mikhail Bakunin
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace." - Sri Chin Moi Gosh
"When the state or federal government controls the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens." - Michael Badnarik, 2004 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate
"When we do things that are controlling, whether intentional or not, we are not going to get those long-term outcomes." - Alfie Kohn
"When you play a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic Voices... thats nothing - when you play it forwards it installs Windows."
"Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational "excellence," I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity." - Thomas Sowell
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain
"Where once a tyrant had to wish that his subjects had but one common neck that he might strangle them all at once, all he has to do now is to 'educate the people' so that they will have but one common mind to delude." - Richard Mitchell, "The Underground Grammarian"
"Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." - Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1874)
"Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat? No wonder school is compulsory." - John Taylor Gatto, "The Underground History of American Education"
"Why do humans kill humans who killed humans to show humans, that killing is wrong?"
"Why is it that the idiots rule the world? Because they vastly outnumber us" - Anonymous
"Windows - 32 bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16 bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprocessor, written by a 2 bit company, that can't stand 1 bit of competition."
"Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something." - Plato
"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal." - Charles Carlson
"You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace."
"You can't figure out the Universe, especially if you're using figures to figure it." - Alan Watts
"You laugh because I'm different... I laugh because you're all the same."
"You might regret what you do - but you'll you regret what you don't do SO much more."
950,000 school children are treated with powerful mind control drugs for "hyperactivity" every year--with side effects like weight loss, growth retardation and acute psychosis.
A family member asked my wife, "Aren't you concerned about his (our son's) socialization with other kids?" My wife gave this response: "Go to your local middle school, junior high, or high school, walk down the hallways, and tell me which behavior you see that you think our son should emulate." - Manfred B. Zysk
'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.' - Dr Suess
In the word "impossible" is another word - "possible".
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being could fight; and keep fighting." - E. E. Cummings