Saturday, April 14, 2007

News & Quotes

On the News
School's Out, for ever!
"You don't have to be rich or a hippie to educate your children at home. Spurred on by fears over standards, more and more parents are abandoning the school system..."

Advice spells out the right kind of discipline
"Teachers have the right to use physical force against violent pupils, according to the new guidance released this week...In addition, they have the right to keep pupils after school or for Saturday detention and do not have to obtain parents’ permission."

Thinking out loud...
How does compulsion and coercion in education fit in with the so-called British values of liberty and freedom? How can you give a lesson in freedom to pupils who are forced to attend and punished if they don't?

And how come the Young Person's Entitlement Charter from the Association for Careers Education and Guidance states that:

"In a free society all young citizens must be able to make their own decisions relating to their future and ways of achieving independence. They must be free to choose, at any and all stages in their development, in line with their abilities, talents, needs and aspirations...without compulsion or coercion"

Wherever I look I seem to find ignorance, confusion, mixed messages and total denial. All this reminds me of something I read here recently:

"In the context of coercion education is nothing but the manufacture of subjection,and cannot in spite of any good intentions be otherwise. By interfering in education the government teaches that people do not belong to themselves but that they are subjects of the State. This lesson is learned implicitly, whatever the stated aims of education are... if there is compulsory schooling, if there is a State monopoly of schools, if children are denied human rights, then the real lesson of subjugation is learned."

Today's Quotes
Our schools have become vast factories for the manufacture of robots. We no longer send our young to them primarily to be taught and given the tools of thought, no longer primarily to be informed and acquire knowledge; but to be "socialized" -- which in the current semantic means to be regimented and made to conform.
Robert Lindner, psychoanalyst in Must You Conform? (1956)

It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil....if we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion. - Fredrich August von Hayek

Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is most likely a scoundrel. - H. L. Mencken

3 comments:

Gill said...

I wish your blog was required daily reading for all education ministers!

Tibetan Star said...

I just feel really sad for today's children. What kind of world are we creating? What kinds of values are we passing down the generations? Today I just feel sad :(

Gill said...

:( There's hope though I think. Our own lives and our own children - and all the others who managed to escape - are proof of that.