Unschooling memes for the week 27
Parental instruction conforms to the ideal arrangement. It is, first of all, individualized instruction, the teacher dealing directly with the unique child, and addressing himself to his capabilities and interests. Second, what people can know the aptitudes and attitudes of the child better than his own parents? The parent’s daily familiarity with, and love for their children, renders them uniquely qualified to give the child the formal instruction necessary. Here the child receives individual attention for his own personality. No one is as qualified as the parent to know how much or what pace he should teach the child, what the child’s requirements are for freedom or guidance. – Murray N. Rothbard.
When I liberated my children from authoritarian parenting, it was the single most important change I ever made for them, for me, and for the world. The children are clearly stewards for our future. When we shift from treating them like insubordinates in need of manipulation and control to guiding them peacefully with love and respect, then the world will truly transform. – Kalo.
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. H. L. Mencken.
We have completely isolated young people from adults and created a peer culture. We stick them in school and keep them away from working in any meaningful way. In most nonindustrialized societies, young people are integrated into adult society as soon as they are capable, and there is no sign of teen turmoil. Many cultures don’t even have a term for adolescence. But we not only created this stage in life: We declared it inevitable. – Robert Epstein.
Freethinkers are those willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind if not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse that useless. – Leo Tolstoy.