People should be free to find or make for themselves the kinds of educational experience they want their children to have.
It is not just power, but impotence, that corrupts people. It gives them the mind and soul of slaves. It makes them indifferent, lazy, cynical, irresponsible, and, above all, stupid.
No one is more truly helpless, more completely a victim, than he who can neither choose nor change nor escape his protectors.
The most important thing any teacher has to learn, not to be learned in any school of education I ever heard of, can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.
All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.
The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do