Educational Quotes

Child in Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford

These inspirational educational quotes are words of wisdom and positive attitudes about learning.

With an open mind and the right attitude we can enjoy a lifetime of learning, it should never be restricted to the time we spend being 'schooled.'

Since I began this website in 2010 I have learnt a great deal from researching for quotes and the authors, putting this website together, photographing nature and writing my blog. It is very time consuming, but I really enjoy doing it so it's all worthwhile.

Photo: My son in the Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford. In the early 90's my son would often go to work with his father at the weekends to gain work experience in the kitchen.

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The little ones still remember how to use the power of their imagination. They are still engaged in the utilization of their imagination, that is one of the reasons that keeps them so exhilarated.

A Course In Miracles

A Course In Miracles
There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn,
so there is no one whom he cannot teach.

Henry Brooks Adams

Henry Brooks Adams  1838 - 1918
A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison  1672 - 1719
Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.


Aeschylus  525BC
It is always the season for the old to learn.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Amos Bronson Alcott 1799 - 1888
Observation more than books, experience rather than persons,
are the prime educators.

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Eric Allen
Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I'm learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  1928 - 2014
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.


Aristotle  384BC - 322BC
All men by nature desire knowledge.

Educating the mind, without educating the heart, is no education at all.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov  1920 - 1992
A good question is, of course, the key by which infinite answers can be educed.

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka but 'That's funny...'

Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers?

St Augustine

St Augustine  354 - 430
I learned most, not from those who taught me, but from those who talked with me.

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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon  1561 - 1626
Natural abilities are like natural plants...
they need pruning by study.

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Clay P. Bedford
You can teach a student a lesson for a day...
But if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher  1813 - 1887
Books are not made for furniture,
but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven  1770 - 1827
Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets,
for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.

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Polly Berrien Berends
The child does not begin to fall until she becomes seriously interested in walking, until she actually begins walking. Falling is thus more an indication of learning than a sign of failure.

W.E.B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois  1868 - 1963
Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte  1769 - 1821
History is...
The version of past events, that people have decided to agree on.

Show me a family of readers...
And I will show you the people who move the world.


Bono  1960
Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson  1950
I rely far more on gut instinct
than researching huge amounts of statistics.


Buddha  624BC - 543BC
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I said it...
Unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke  1729 - 1797
Example is the school of mankind,
and they will learn at no other.

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Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell  1924 - 2006
Learn everything you can, 
anytime you can, from anyone you can.
You will be grateful you did.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield  1944
I think there is too much emphasis placed on learning things by rote that you don't really care about. So what happens to students in school is that they eventually lose interest in learning, because they've been forced to learn the required course, rather than pursuing their passion.

George Carlin

George Carlin  1937 - 2008
Don't just teach your children to read.
Teach them to question what they read.
Teach then to question everything.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra  1946
I teach people that, no matter what the situation is, no matter how chaotic, no matter how much drama is around you, you can heal by your presence. If you just stay within your centre.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero  106BC - 43BC
Natural ability without education has oftener raised men to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros  1954
I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school, but because my mother took me to the library.

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Sylvia Clare
Intuition is the highest form of intelligence,
transcending all individual abilities and skills.

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke  1917 - 2008
We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40, and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?


Confucius  551BC - 479BC
Education breeds confidence.
Confidence breeds hope.
Hope breeds peace.

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Anthony J. D'Angelo

Anthony J. D'Angelo
Become a student of change.
It is the only thing that will remain constant.

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you'll never cease to grow.

Learn not only to find what you like,
learn to like what you find.

John Dewey

John Dewey  1859 - 1952
Education is not preparation for life...
education is life itself.

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Charles M. Dickinson
It is the supreme art of the teacher to...
Awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Ernest Dimnet

Ernest Dimnet  1866 - 1954
Children have to be educated,
but they also have to be left to educate themselves.

Mark van Doren

Mark van Doren  1894 - 1972
The art of teaching is...
the art of assisting discovery.

Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer  1940 - 2015
Be a student...
By staying open and willing to learn from everyone and anyone.

Try viewing everyone who comes into your life as a teacher.

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein  1879 - 1955
Creativity is intelligence having fun.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know now and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson  1803 - 1882
Do you know the secret of the true scholar?..
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.

Knowledge exists to be imparted.

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

The secret in education lies in respecting the student.


Epictetus  55 - 135
It is impossible for a man to learn, what he thinks he already knows.

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Ignacio Estrada
If a child can't learn the way we teach...
maybe we should teach the way they learn.

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Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert  1821 - 1880
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes  1919 - 1990
Educations purpose is to replace an empty mind, with an open one.

Paula Fox

Paula Fox  1923
Literature is the province of imagination, and stories, in whatever guise, are meditations on life.

When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener.

Anatole France

Anatole France  1844 - 1924
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin  1706 - 1790
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.

Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller  1810 - 1850
Today a reader...
tomorrow a leader.

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Galileo  1564 - 1642
You cannot teach a man anything,
you can only help him find it within himself.

Neville Goddard

Neville Goddard  1905 - 1972
Where knowledge ends...
Feeling and imagination begin.

Pam Grout

Pam Grout
Physicists over the past one hundred years have discovered that the field connects all of us, and that the reason we control our lives is because every thought we have is an energy wave that affects everything in the universe.

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Tony Neate

HA (Tony Neate)
History is there to be learned from and not lived to.

The purpose of any channelling is not to tell or to instruct, but to stimulate... to create new depths and new areas of thinking.

What is of importance in channelling is that the person contacts a higher level of creative thought. This enables more advanced teachings and philosophies to be offered to the planet because the evolution of a planet, both individually and collectively, is on-going.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix  1942 - 1970
Knowledge speaks...   but wisdom listens.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes  1809 - 1894
A mind once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.

John Holt

John Holt  1923 - 1985
You learn by doing,  there is no other way.

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini  1874 - 1926
My brain is the key that sets my mind free.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston  1963 - 2012
(also sung by George Benson - written by Michael Masser & Linda Creed)
I believe the children are our future,
teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be. 

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo  1802 - 1885
To learn to read is to light fire.

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley  1894 - 1963
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

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Carl Jung

Carl Jung  1875 - 1961
Children are educated by what the grown-up is...
and not by his talk.

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Ken Keyes Jr

Ken Keyes Jr  1921 - 1995
Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.

B.B. King

B. B. King  1925
The beautiful thing about learning is...
that no one can take it away from you.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr  1929 - 1968
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling  1865 - 1936
Teach us to delight in simple things.

L. R. Knost

L. R. Knost
A lifestyle of reading puts the vast knowledge of the ages into the hands of our children. Exchanging the life-long riches of a love of reading for the temporary value of facts gleaned from required reading lists is a paltry deal, indeed.

Encourage reading, yes but let their hearts, their interests, their imaginations choose their reading material. Whatever momentary facts they need for the next test or quiz can be found just as easily on Google.

A passion for reading can only be found in the heart of the child.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti  1895 - 1986
Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.

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Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama  1935
In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.

It is vital that when educating our children's brains,
that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.

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Ann Landers
It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee  1940 -1973
Life itself is your teacher,
and you are in a state of constant learning.

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Edwin Leibfreed
The royal road to knowledge, all may win,
who seek the source of life in everything.

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John Lubbock
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent school masters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

Rosamund Lupton

Rosamund Lupton
Many people have written eloquently about the power of books, how they educate, elucidate, take you to new cultures, give you new experiences and vantage points, open your heart and mind and pierce your soul.

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Harvey MacKay

Harvey MacKay  1932
We start out as pretty creative beings...
Children let their imaginations take them to place they've never seen and do things that seem impossible. We encourage it as fun and playtime, but we should celebrate it as the potential for great discovery and accomplishment.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela  1918 - 2013
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

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Christopher Marley
The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing it's own thinking.

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead  1901 - 1978
Children must be taught how to think,
not what to think.

Alfred Mercier

Alfred Mercier
What we learn with pleasure...  we never forget.

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Bradley Millar
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar, 
is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne  1533 - 1592
The world is but a school of enquiry.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori  1870 - 1952
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.

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Charles Morgan
As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.

John Muir

John Muir  1838 - 1914
The power of imagination makes us infinite.

Robert Muller

Robert Muller  1923 - 2010
Adults are the first and foremost teachers of love, peace, truth, tolerance, happiness and spirituality to their children. No school on Earth can ever replace them.

The example of parents is the greatest teacher.
Parents must stand out as models of happiness to their children.

There is no greater learning process than to teach.

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Native American
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.

Our first teacher is our own heart.

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Helen Peters
Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.

Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget  1896 - 1980
Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is already known? Or should we try to develop creative and innovative minds, capable of discovery from the preschool age on, throughout life?

Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.

Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution;
it finds itself changed from one day to the next.

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.

Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson  ? - 2013
Every child needs a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.


Plato  429BC - 347BC
For the object of education is to teach us about beauty.

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.

The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.


Plutarch  46 - 120
The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman  1981
I don't love studying. I hate studying.
I like learning. Learning is beautiful.

Jacqueline E. Purcell

Jacqueline E. Purcell
You must unlearn what you have been programmed to believe since birth. That software no longer serves you if you want to live in a world where all things are possible.

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Isidor Isaac Rabi

Isidor Isaac Rabi  1898 - 1988
Science is a great game. It is inspiring and refreshing.
The playing field is the universe itself.

Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson  1950
Human intelligence is richer and more dynamic than we have been led to believe by formal academic education.

If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low-grade clerical work, don't be surprised if they start to fidget. Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition, they're suffering from childhood.

Imagination is the source of all human achievement.

Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn  1930 - 2009
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up.  What he needs is education to turn him around.

John Ruskin

John Ruskin  1819 - 1900
All books are divisible into two classes,
the books of the hour and the books of all time.

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Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan  1934 - 1996
When you make the finding yourself,
even if you are the last person on earth to see the light,
you will never forget it.

George Santayana

George Santayana  1863 - 1952
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.


Seneca  4BC - 65AD
Even while they teach...  men learn.

Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss  1904 - 1991
The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more things you learn, the more places you'll go.

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw  1856 - 1950
From a very early age I've had to interrupt my education... 
to go to school.

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge,
and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

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Sydney Smith  1771 - 1845
No furniture so charming as books.

Will Smith

Will Smith  1968
The things that have been most valuable to me,
I did not learn in school.


Socrates  470BC - 399BC
I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.

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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla  1856 - 1943
If you want to find the secrets of the Universe,
think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration.  I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of existence.

Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas  1913 - 1993
We are educated to be amazed by the infinite variety of life forms in nature. We are, I believe, only at the beginning of being flabbergasted by its unity.

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Alexandra Trentor
The best teachers are those who show you where to look,
but don't tell you what to see.

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If you give a man a fish he will eat once.
If you teach a man to fish he will eat for the rest of his life.
If you are thinking a year ahead sow seed.
If you are thinking ten years ahead plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead educate the people.

By sowing the seed you will harvest once.
By planting a tree you will harvest tenfold.
By educating the people you will harvest one hundredfold.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain  1835 - 1910
Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu  600BC
I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, Patience, Compassion.
These are your greatest treasures.

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Leonardo de Vinci

Leonardo de Vinci  1452 - 1519
Learning never exhausts the mind.

Study without desire spoils the memory,
and it retains nothing that it takes in.

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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch  1943
Build your schools around concepts, not academic subjects: core concepts such as awareness, honesty, responsibility, freedom and diversity in oneness. Teach your children these things and you will have taught them grandly.

When you give your children knowledge, you are telling them what to think. When you give your children wisdom, you do not tell them what to know, or what is true, but rather, how to get to their own truth.

William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward  1921 - 1994
Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.

Paul Wellstone

Paul Wellstone  1944 - 2002
The first task of teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe, by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde  1854 - 1900
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time, that nothing that is worth knowing, can be taught.

Anthony Douglas Williams

Anthony Douglas Williams
All animals are born with innocence, curiosity and love.

Every parent is a teacher...   But not all parents teach.

Life is the best teacher.

John Wooden

John Wooden  1910 - 2010
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Youngsters need good role models more than they need critics. It's one of parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai  1997
One child, one teacher, one pen and one book... 
Can change the world.

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By learning you will teach...  By teaching you will learn.

He who teaches children learns more than they do.

It's never too late to learn.

Learning is a treasure no thief can steal.

When the student is ready...  The master appears.

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A book is a magic portal to another dimension.

Be thankful when you don't know something
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Do not educate your children to be rich,
educate them to be happy.
So when they grow up,
they'll know the value of things, not the price.

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.

Experience is the best teacher.

Formal education will make you a living...
Self education will make you a fortune.

Human Beings grow best with encouragement and Love.
Today, let every word you speak (to yourself and others)
be filled with kindness.

If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child
they will often learn without any further assistance.

In the working of a garden you discover much     As you watch the things you plant  respond to nature's touch.   You are learning all the time  and never do you tire.   Of trying to create the garden   of your hearts desire.

Knowledge is power.

Life is a school where you learn how to remember
what your soul already knows.

Look well to what you have in hand
For learning is better than house or land
When land is gone and money spent
Then learning is most excellent

(From an 18th Century Sampler)

Teachers open the door...
but you must enter by yourself.

The cure for boredom is curiosity...
There is no cure for curiosity.

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned
how to learn and change.

What matters in learning is not to be taught,
but to wake up.

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Young girl in hat writing

Photo: Grandaughter (Lucy) writing a letter. Lucy and her brother Seth are home educated. I strongly believe in the freedom of choice to home educate. I think it is one of the best ways to let a child develop naturally, joyfully pursuing their own passions to begin a journey of life-long learning.

I have always thought that traditional schooling is too restrictive and teaches so many things that are boring to most children and not needed for the majority. I have always thought that first aid (especially how to save a life), relationships (understanding human behaviour), positive thinking, how to bring up caring, respectful children and many other life skills, are much more important for everyone to learn than some of the things that are taught in school and then never used again for the rest of your life.

I know that a lot of people will disagree with me, and I know that some of our family disapprove of my daughter home educating. But it takes courage and strength of character to go against the 'normal' way of the majority, so I have great respect and admiration for my daughter standing up for what she believes in.

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