- I believe that censorship grows out of fear...
- "I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious, some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in control of their children's lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage. They want to believe that if their children don't read about it, their children won't know about it. And if they don't know about it, it won't happen." — Judy Blume talks about censorship
- Rebel children...
- "Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory." — Russell Brand
C. JoyBell C.
- I think that the best thing we can do...
- "I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves." — C. Joybell C.
- Children at play are like pint-sized scientists...
- [C]hildren at play are like pint-sized scientists testing theories. They imagine ways the world could work and predict the pattern of data that would follow if their theories were true, and then compare that pattern with the pattern they actually see. Even toddlers turn out to be smarter than we would have thought if we ask them the right questions in the right way. — Gopnik, Alison (July-August 2012). "Let the Children Play, It's Good for Them!". Smithsonian.
- We can't teach creativity...
- "We can’t teach creativity, but we can drive it out of people through schooling that centres not on children’s own questions but on questions dictated by an imposed curriculum that operates as if all questions have one right answer and everyone must learn the same things." — Gray, Peter (12 January 2014). "Give childhood back to children". Independent Voices.
- Children aren't coloring books...
- "Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors." — Khaled Hosseini
- Children do not belong in school...
- "Children do not belong in school. They belong in the world – participating in it, and experiencing it. This is what learning is made of. Education is another means of learning, and is sometimes useful. Schooling may be useful for the professions, but certainly not for children. Children need to learn about the world, the universe, and everything in it. This cannot happen in a building cut off from reality – it takes place by experiencing reality and questioning. Between natural curiosity and constant exposure, together with access to those who can encourage questioning, provide answers when needed, and guide research, learning is a non-variable trait in children." — Joshua Katz (29 November 2013). "Schools are Obamacare for Children". LewRockwell.com.
- You have to write the book...
- "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." — Madeleine L'Engle
- When I was ten...
- "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." — C.S. Lewis
- Children must be taught...
- "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." — Margaret Mead
Pogrebin, Letti Cottin
- Children's liberation is the next item...
- "Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list." — Lettie Cottin Pogrebin
- We worry about what a child will become...
- "We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." — Stacia Tauscher