Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.
Whoever controls the education of our children controls the future.
— Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: “You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination….what you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be….Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself…those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being molded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” -Doris Lessing
Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create. –Tara Westover
Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. –Malala Yousafzai
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. –Maria Montessori
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