``You ought to go to a boys' school sometime. Try it sometime," I said.
``It's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques."
--J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I walk through the long schoolroom questioning;
A kind old nun in a white hood replies;
The children learn to cipher and to sing,
To study reading-books and histories,
To cut and sew, be neat in everything
In the best modern way- the children's eyes
In momentary wonder stare upon
A sixty-year-old smiling public man.
--William Butler Yeats, Among School Children
We can't have everybody talking at once. We'll have to have 'Hands up'
like at school... We'll have rules!...Then when anyone breaks 'em-
We don't need no education,
We don't need no thought control,
no dark sarcasm in the classroom,
Teachers, leave them kids alone.
All in all you're just another brick...
in the Wall.
--Pink Floyd, The Wall
School's long anxiety and time slips past
with waiting, with endless dreary things.
--Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Images
School was eternity, a quiet pool of imagination where we sat together and
dreamed, interrupted by teaching.
But this goal seemed far away and to reach it meant attending endless schools, studying, passing tests and examinations, and this way led past and through the other, darker realm.
Education instead has become an institution whose purpose in the modern world is not to make culture, not to serve the living cosmos, but to harness humankind to the dead forces of materialism.
--Robert Sardello, Facing the World with Soul
Resting no longer on a curriculum, or a timetable, education must conform to the facts of human life.
--Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind