Sometimes looking back can be an encouragement we do not expect. I find it astonishing to read of those who almost seemed to directly endorse homeschooling before the idea of public schooling or homeschooling was ever formalized.
This collection of historical quotes to encourage homeschool moms will bless you on tough days. Bookmark it, and come read a few when you need a boost.
“Now you are deep in what seems to me a peculiarly selfless service. The spiritual training of children must be that. You work for the years you will not see. You work for the Invisible all the time, but you work for the Eternal. So it is all worthwhile.” ~ Amy Carmichael
“Thank goodness I was never sent to school: it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~ Beatrix Potter
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But, for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Fred Rogers
“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent.” ~ Plato
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~ Thoreau
“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
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ~ Mark Twain
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~ Albert Einstein
“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
Thankyou for this posting. Those quotes are great! Very encouraging too, for the days when being ‘normal’ seems so much easier and tempting.
Amy Blevins says
I’m so glad you have been encouraged. Normal — it is both elusive and tempting! I wasn’t normal before we chose homeschooling. And yet I look at the school bus with longing some days.
Love these quotes
Thank you. I needed this today. My son has declared that he wants to go school and “be normal”… He will not be getting his wish, but I feel as if I have been punched in the stomach. Thank you, again, for reminding me that I am not alone.
May God BLESS you and your precious family.
Thank you for sharing these quotes. They are truly encouraging!
Thanks for posting this wonderful blog post.