Posted by: chrisdavis | December 2, 2011


John Holt, long-time educator and author, now deceased, had this to say about institutional schooling:

“Education… now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, consumers, spectators, and fans, driven more and more, in all parts of their lives, by greed, envy, and fear. My concern is not to improve ‘education’ but to do away with it, to end the ugly and antihuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves.”

As homeschooling parents, the only thing we shape in the lives of our children is their character. We do not educate to shape them; we educate as we discover them. Of course, this assumes there is already something in each child to be discovered.

Modern education shapes children in the mold of employability, ignoring what God has already put within the child. Homeschooling should release what God has put within the child for His glory and the benefit of whatever/whomever God determines. Only then can an individual be fully alive.



  1. Chris, I am glad you posted. Reading your posts is very encouraging. I have stopped a lot of forced learning on my son. We still have requirements. I also have changed my attitude from “Will he ever learn a, b, or c?” to an attitude of “He will learn what he needs as he grows.”

    It is great to not worry about all the standards the world puts forth as so necessary and to realize that those requirements are often arbitrary and artificial.

    • Cindy, the phrase, “It is great not to worry…” is, perhaps, the most important place any parents can come to.” Fear always starts us down a path we never want to be on and which is one we may have difficulty leaving. I am proud of you. Your son will be a much happier person.
      Thanks for writing.–Chris

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