George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish playwright and Nobel Prize winner.

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish playwright and Nobel Prize winner. 

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.”

Anne Sullivan (1866–1936), Helen Keller’s teacher.

“Thank goodness my education was neglected.”

Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), British author and illustrator, best known for the Peter Rabbit stories.

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British statesman.  

“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 (1879–1955), German-American physicist.    

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

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), German-American physicist.

“Every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy sooner or later. . . . Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost superhuman task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property and mind in its clutches from infancy. An octopus would sooner release its prey. A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.”

Isabel Patterson (1886–1961), Canadian writer and political philosopher. Quoted from The God of the Machine.

“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 (1890–1976), British mystery writer.

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”    

C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), British author and essayist. Quotation from The Abolition of Man.

“Learning . . . should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life’s greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the mind of noble and learned men, not a conducted tour through a jail.”

Taylor Caldwell (1900–1985), British novelist. 

“Try not to have a good time . . . . This is supposed to be educational.”

Charles Schulz (1922–2000), American cartoonist, creator of Peanuts.

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”

Ivan Illich (1926–  ), Austrian educator and social critic, from Deschooling Society.

“The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents, so they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.”