Inspired by some of the comments from my last post, I dug up some great positive homeschooling quotes from a few excellent sources. Some people might object that if a quote does not specifically mention the word "homeschooling" that it does not apply. But homeschooling does not necessarily seek to replicate institutional education in the home, rather it seeks to build a culture of learning within family life. If someone supports the family, he supports home education (wittingly or not).
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"Is is a great fallacy for parents to believe that the education of their children depends on the school. The school is not the primary educator, but the secondary; its authority to teach children is delegated by the parents, the right inherent in the father and the mother. Nor is the school ever a substitute for the parents."
"Unless a man's will has a purpose and it is a good one, education will do nothing for him except to fortify his own egotism."
Father John Hardon
"Homeschooling in the United States is the necessary concomitant of a culture in which the Church is being opposed on every level of her existence and, as a consequence, given the widespread secularization in our country, homeschooling is not only valuable or useful but it is absolutely necessary for the survival of the Catholic church in our country."
"How do we know that homeschooling is necessary? First, we know it from divine revelation. The early Church is normative, not only on what we should believe as Catholics but on how we ought to learn our faith... and live it. There were not established Catholic schools in the Roman empire back in the first 300 years of the Church's history. Except for parents, becoming, believing and being heroic Catholics in the early Church, nothing would have happened. The Church would have died out before the end of the first century."
"It is very important that children learn from their mothers and fathers how to love one another -- not in the school, not from the teacher, but from you. It is very important that you share with your children the joy of that smile. There will be misunderstandings; every family has its cross, its suffering. Always be the first to forgive with a smile. Be cheerful, be happy."
Blessed John Paul II
"The parents have been appointed by God Himself as the first and principal educators of their children... their right is completely inalienable." (Familiaris Consortio 40)
"In places where widespread unbelief or invasive secularism makes real religious growth practically impossible, then the Church of the home remains the one place where children and young people can receive authentic religious instruction." (Catechesis in our Time)
G. K. Chesterton
"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No: A woman's function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute."
St. John Bosco
"Let the boys have full liberty to jump, run and make as much noise as they please. Gymnastics, music theatricals and outings are the most efficacious means of obtaining discipline and of benefitting spiritual and bodily help. Let care be taken, however, that the game, the persons playing them as well as conversation are not reprehensible. 'Do anything you like,' St. Philip said, 'as long as you do not sin.'"
"It has always therefore been on of my main endeavors as a teacher to persuade the young that first-hand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than second-hand knowledge, but is usually much easier and delightful to acquire." (Introduction to On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius)