Unschooling memes for the week 26
It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state’s goodness and its concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They will fasten the chains to their own ankles. – Lew Rockwell.
North American economies dazzled the world for centuries because they encouraged resourcefulness, individuality, and risk-taking to dominate the marketplace, and these qualities were encouraged in everyone, not just in the elites. Lockstep schooling driven by standardized testing, testing not to measure learning but obedience, was the mechanism used to drive out imagination and courage. – John Taylor Gatto.
School is about learning to wait your turn, however long it takes to come, if ever. And how to submit with a show of enthusiasm to the judgement of strangers, even if they are wrong, even if your enthusiasm is phony. – John Taylor Gatto.