“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
“Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some creed is the truth.”
“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”
John Stuart Mill
“Restricting speech leads to restricting ideas and therefore restricted innovation—the most successful societies have generally been the most open ones.”
“Students who cannot think or speak freely will not learn to reason well.”
"The idea that you'd have somebody in government making a decision what you should think ahead of time, and it if it's not the right thought or perspective or philosophy, they wouldn't get funding, runs contrary to everything we believe about education. That might work in the Soviet Union, but that doesn't work here. That's not who we are."
President Barack Obama
"You cannot be sure that you are right unless you understand the arguments against your views better than your opponents do."
“Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"There is no way this kind of one-sided, coercive atmosphere can be conducive to a solid education. Students are not empowered to think for themselves by being given only one side of the story."
ACTA Report - Intellectual Diversity: A Time for Action