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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because, it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost



The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil, and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.

                                                                                                  — Maria Montessori



Education off-cuts ...

To provide choices and opportunities that allow children to develop at their own pace and to follow their own interests. Summerhill does not aim to produce specific types of young people, with specific, assessed skills or knowledge, but aims to provide an environment in which children can define who they are and what they want to be.
                                                                      — from a Summerhill Policy Statement

Look at who we, the Summerhillians, have become: we are artists, writers, professors, scientists, soldiers, administrators, theologians, bankers, musicians, carpenters, landscape architects, small business owners. We hold BAs, MAs, and PhDs. We vote. We are precisely the ‘useful’ people their curricula is designed to produce! And we are happy and productive to boot.
                                                                   — Martha, a  former Summerhill pupil

A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: “I don't know and I don't care.”
                                                                                                               — Richard Pratt

"In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad."
                                                                                                              — Friedrich Nietzsche