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The most overwhelming reality of school is CONTROL. School controls the way you spend your time (what is life made of if not time?), how you behave, what you read, and to a large extent, what you think. In school you can’t control your own life. […] What the educators apparently haven’t realized yet is that experiential education is a double-edged sword. If you do something to learn it, then what you do, you learn. All the time you are in school, you learn through experience how to live in a dictatorship. In school you shut your notebook when the bell rings. You do not speak unless granted permission. You are guilty until proven innocent, and who will prove you innocent? You are told what to do, think, and say for six hours each day. If your teacher says sit up and pay attention, you had better stiffen your spine and try to get Bobby or Sally or the idea of Spring or the play you’re writing off your mind. The most constant and thorough thing students in school experience — and learn — is the antithesis of democracy.
—  Grace Llewellyn, The Teenage Liberation Handbook

I don’t know how or why… But I have this constant pain in my chest.
It’s not physical pain, but a pain that makes my heart feel heavy.

I feel like a piece of me is missing but I don’t know what it is.
Like that piece makes everything else fall into place…
Life makes sense

But it’s gone and I’m struggling to concentrate on anything
I cling to anything that gives me attention
But it’s just not enough to fill that missing piece

I’m sorry if I don’t make any sense, it’s just I don’t even know what is wrong with me. Just be patient and help me find that missing piece.

—  Grace Llewellyn
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How To Quit School And Get A Real Life and Education! Excerpts and Commentary [re : The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education [Paperback] available at Amazon : ]

I think that teenagers need things that society just isn’t providing. For one, an opportunity to be involved in a meaningful way: to contribute something to society, not to just be passive recipients of education. Also, I think that teenagers actually need more, not less, leadership from adults. I don’t mean control, I mean leadership. Leadership that is visionary, that helps youth to more clearly see their strengths, their options, their life’s mission, that offers more and better support for them to develop skills and work toward their most important dreams.
—  Grace Llewellyn, in Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education
Education is not a race, with winners and losers. It’s not a commodity to be bought and sold. Although it has many uses, it has no real purpose beyond the joy it produces. It doesn’t belong to anyone. It’s never over. If education is a game, it’s a game that anyone can play, and that doesn’t end, and that gets better each time a new player joins.
—  Grace Llewellyn