from Old English ramian "act of wandering about"
Old English scol, from Latin schola, from Greek skhole "leisure, spare time,"
"It is... 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; without this it goes to wreak and ruin. 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
"I have used the words
"home schooling" to describe the process by which children grow and
learn in the world without going, or going very much, to schools, because those
words are familiar and quickly understood. But in one very important sense they
are misleading. What is most important and valuable about the home as a base
for children's growth in the word is not that it is a better school than the
schools but that it isn't a school at all. "
Teach Your Own
Getting ready to
retire from homeschooling
the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right
to control our own minds and thoughts. That means, the right to decide for ourselves
how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and other persons'
experiences, and find and make the meaning of our own lives. Whoever takes that
right away from us, as the educators do, attacks the very center of our being
and does us a most profound and lasting injury. He tells us, in effect, that
we cannot be trusted even to think, that for all our lives we must depend on
others to tell us the meaning of our world and our lives, and that any meaning
we may make for ourselves, out of our own experience, has no value."
John Holt from Instead of Education
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