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EDUCATION & ILLUSIONS, PREJUDICES, ERRORS, MYTHS: Education makes free! … from delusions. - Charles Tschopp. - The right kind of knowledge can liberate us. - 29.5.00.
EDUCATION & INDOCTRINATION BY GOVERNMENTS: A government which can mould the people from their youth upwards, can do with them whatever it pleases. - J. S. Mill. - We got total wars under totalitarian school systems. ABC mass murder and anti-people "weapons" are tolerated by minds brought up under this system. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & INEQUALITY: True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of progress in the world. - Felix E. Schelling, Pedagogically Speaking.
EDUCATION & INITIATIVE: An education which does not begin by evoking initiative and end by encouraging it must be wrong. For its whole aim is the production of active wisdom. - A. N. Whitehead. (Quoted in C.Bingham, Men & Affairs, p.217.)
EDUCATION & INTELLIGENCE: … those who have been educated beyond their intelligence. - Arthur C. Clarke, ANALOG, 12/83.
EDUCATION & INTELLIGENCE: Education and intelligence are not synonymous. - Charles Heath, The Golden Egg, p.49.
EDUCATION & INTELLIGENCE: As for raising the general level of intelligence, the sluicing-out of any amount of education on our citizenry would simply be pouring water on a duck's back. - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, 261. - Teaching reading, writing and reckoning to children needs only 3 weeks to 3 months and the costs could be reduced to insignificance, e.g. with the Joseph Lancaster method. From there each child, on its own or guided by guardians, could take its further education wherever it liked and as far as it liked to take it, in accordance with its interests and abilities, at the own expense and initiative. With this step and the additional steps of a genuinely cultural revolution, involving optimal use of all alternative media as well, much more could be achieved than with the present costly, time- and manpower consuming official education system. Alas, anarchists and libertarians, even those mainly interested in educational options, have so far explored and utilized only a fraction of the freedom options in this sphere. - How much of our brain potential could we come to use, with or without chemical stimulants? We still do not know? - Moreover, even the worst kind of education provides a limited kind of brain stimulation which otherwise might not take place, Without sufficient brain stimulation the brain deteriorates, inside and outside of schools and universities. Have the official and private education systems done more harm than good in this respect? - Have proper comparisons been made? -J.Z., 6.5.00.
EDUCATION & INTELLIGENCE: Education can train, but not create, intelligence. - Edward McChesney Sait.
EDUCATION & INTELLIGENCE: Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles, reflecting what your senses report, that you round out the definition. - Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, 105. - Without judgment, moral sense and creative ability neither education nor intelligence are of great value. We have had all too many educated barbarians and intelligent crooks. - J.Z., 11.6.92 & 28.5.00.
EDUCATION & INTELLIGENCE: Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence. - Albert Edward Wiggam.
EDUCATION & IRRESPONSIBILITY: The inevitable result is to postpone a child's growing-up. He passes from the authority of his parents to the authority of the police. He has no control of his time and no responsibility for its use until he is sixteen years old. His actual situation does not require him to develop self-reliance, self-discipline and responsibility; that is, he has no actual experience of freedom in his youth. - This is ideal education for the German State, whose subjects are not expected ever to know freedom. The discipline in German schools is strict; it tends to train the young into the obedient submission that men in German Government demand from their subjects. - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, 259/60.
EDUCATION & JUSTICE: Education must be a major instrument in the development of a just world. Everett Reimer, School Is Dead, 99. - How much is correctly taught in schools about justice, rights, liberties, natural law, if anything? - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE: Bodily exercise, when compulsory does no harm to the body, but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato, 428-348 BC, in The Republic.
EDUCATION & LEARNING: Learning occurs only when discomfort is relieved. - "Brain Mechanism and the Control of Behaviour", p. 363.
EDUCATION & LEARNING: It is a known fact that the learning one acquires outside the lecture hall sticks closer to the ribs, especially if that learning is officially declared off limits. - FRANK CHODOROV, One Is A Crowd, 6.
EDUCATION & LEARNING: No one can be made to learn. Only those who wish to learn can or ever will do so. - Leonard E. Read, Comes the Dawn, 1976, 4.
EDUCATION & LEARNING: The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to wander around loose in these dangerous days. - M. M. Coady.
EDUCATION & LIBERATION: THE TASK OF THE EDUCATOR is primarily that of LIBERATION. The individual needs to be freed from his limitations in order to develop his potentialities and become a better man than he would otherwise have been. This is the most radical presumption of all. If we assume that the individual can develop his unique potentialities only in freedom, implicit in that assumption is that different people have different capacities and varying rates of progress. Thus, genuine education implies discrimination and difference as distinguished from the dead level of equality. - Once this individual quality of education is understood, it becomes apparent that 'social utility' is not an appropriate measure of the student's achievement. Respect for the individual requires that his education be measured in terms of his growth, his BECOMING. The object and the measure of genuine education remains the individual. Development of individual personality, not social conformity, should be education's concern. Education is the process by which the individual gains possession of his soul and becomes a human being fully responsive to his capacities. - George C. Roche III, Education in America.
EDUCATION & LIBERTY: The fundamental theory of liberty, upon which governments in this Union repose, excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the state. - Decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. in the Oregon school case, 1925. - Well, even this court of injustice cannot get it wrong in every case! Chance favors some exceptions. - J.Z., 23.5.00.
EDUCATION & MATURITY: The educated man is mature. His maturity is based on articulation; an understanding of general principles, not gadgets; and on truth, not boosterism. The educated man seeks more truth - more education all his life. His love of humanity is not sentimental but honest, and he expresses it by the way he acts. He can be trusted. And he serves himself by serving liberty, which is his fundamental principle. - Philip Wylie, READER'S DIGEST, 10/47.
EDUCATION & MORALITY, GENERAL VS. SPECIALIZED EDUCATION ONLY: An educated man cannot become so on one study alone, but must be brought under the influence of natural, civil, and moral modes of thought. - Quoted by Lord Action, Lectures on Modern History, 34.
EDUCATION & MORALITY: Education never helped morals. The smarter the guy the bigger the rascal. - Will Rogers. - Compare the education of the ancient Persians. They were trained in arms and by discussion of ethical cases. Modern schools teach very little, if anything, about most individual rights and liberties. - J.Z., 29.7.92, 31.5.00.
EDUCATION & OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITIES: ...education should not be used to freeze minds into stultified obedience to public or other authority; ... - Silvert, Man's Power, 93.
EDUCATION & OPPORTUNITY: "Equality of Opportunity" is the cry used to condemn all our children to years of slavery. And we have the hide to wonder why they burn the schools down, rebel, drop-out, smoke pot, answer back, leave home, be unhappy, lazy and dissatisfied. We have taught them that no-one considers them. They have learned that at least, and have responded in kind. - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/76.
EDUCATION & PARENTS: It is contradictory to argue that parents are too negligent or ignorant to make educational choices, even when provided with adequate finance and ample information, and at the same time to concede that they can be trusted to elect the sort of officials who would make sound educational choices. - Mark Blaug, Education: A Framework for Choice.
EDUCATION & PARENTS: The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parent. - G. K. Chesterton.
EDUCATION & PATERNALISM, STATISM: Wherever is found what is called paternal government, there is found state education. - Benjamin Disraeli, Commons, June 15, 1874.
EDUCATION & PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING: "In the interim period, before government financing of schools ends, a "performance contracting" approach would probably go far in eliminating the wastes and lack of achievement which characterises public schools. Under this system, a community would invite private, profit-making educational organizations to handle its children's teaching. The private groups would be told that they wouldn't be paid unless the children reached certain levels of verbal and mathematical competence each year - with additional proviso that they receive increasing bonuses if the children's achievement surpasses the minimum set. The children's achievement would be monitored by any one of a number of independent testing services. The "performance contracting" system would thus create strong incentives for educators to find the best ways to help children learn, unlike the current system which rewards good and bad alike." Libertarian Yearbook, 1972. - The disadvantage would still be that those acquiring the education, the children, or their parents, would not have the strongest incentive to go for the best education. Educational aims would still be externally set and thus some cheating and corruption are inevitable in order to make these kids pass the set examinations. - J.Z.
EDUCATION & PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY:... education for personal responsibility...too often is neglected. - Eleanor Roosevelt: Let Us Have Faith in Democracy, Land Policy Review, Department of Agriculture, Jan. 1942.
EDUCATION & PREJUDICES: Education is a method by which one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. - Laurence J. Peter.
EDUCATION & PREJUDICES: Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. - Laurence J. Peter. - An encyclopaedia of the best refutations could do much to counter-act the influence of official miseducation. - J.Z., 3.7.00.
EDUCATION & PREJUDICES: Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat. - Martin H. Fisher, 1879- ?. - What is true of much of governmental education is not necessarily true for all other kinds of education. Moreover, popular prejudices have never been properly listed and confronted with their best refutations, in an encyclopedic and ever growing effort. On alternative media such an encyclopedia could be portable and could be taken along to all public discussions. - J.Z., 23.5.00.
EDUCATION & PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Never let the public schools interfere with your education. - Mark Twain.
EDUCATION & PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Public schools are a prison system and the teachers its wardens. - LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 6.5.71.
EDUCATION & PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Research has seriously discredited the public schools. From the famous Coleman Report (with a $1.25 million HEW grant and a sample of 600,000 students) and dozens of other studies, no correlation has been found between either expenditure per pupil or teacher-pupil ratio and results on standardised tests. The fundamental dogma of the public schoolmen, that more money and smaller classes would solve any problems, simply isn't true. - Rod Manis, Outside Looking In, 430.
EDUCATION & REASON: Educated is he who solves problems reasonably. - Steinbuch. - By now we should have compiled a log or archive of all reasonable solutions - and have made it accessible to all. - J.Z., 25.5.00. See: Ideas Archive, Libertarian Encyclopedia & Library, Complete Libertarian Publishing, using affordable alternative media.
EDUCATION & RELIGION: Religious people should not be forced to pay tributes to government schools via general taxes. - J.Z., 10.8.80. - If religious people can rightly be forced to pay for government schools then non-religious people could rightly be forced to pay for religious education. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & SCHOOL BOARDS: In the first place God made idiots; this was for practice; then he made school boards. - Mark Twain, in Poole, Cut Local Taxes, 13.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLING: A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. - George Santayana.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLING: For twelve years and more, the butchers of the classroom are given virtually totalitarian powers over the minds and lives of children. - Libertarian Review, 3/78, p.5.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLING: Germans produced Hitlerism and Russians Stalinism not so much because of what they were teaching, but rather because of what they failed to teach. - D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, 173.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLING: The truth is that decades of research and argument have produced scarcely a single indisputable rule about schooling. - Ronald Conway, QUADRANT, 4/76.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: ...the schools are in four different businesses. One is education in the broadest sense. I mean learning, growth, understanding, awareness, development, skill, competence, choice, freedom. The trouble is, they are also in three other businesses. They are in the jail business. They are in the indoctrination business, making people think or think they think what someone else wants them to think. And they are in the racetrack business running children against each other...- John Holt, quoted in SCHISM, Summer 72.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Even in my day, education had begun decreasing in importance in the school system. Today, education has no place at all in the American classroom. - Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Almost all schools, as they are run today, teach basic knowledge very much more slowly, if at all, than it could be acquired without compulsion and much more cheaply e.g. by the Joseph Lancaster methods. - J.Z., 27.5.00.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned. - Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: He proposed that formal education be limited to the few who are actually qualified as scholars. From the democratic point of view, this is profound heresy. But Lawrence's educational theories are not unlike those proposed by Albert Jay Nock … It is now familiar to hear radical scholars suggest that mass education has failed. Lawrence's suggestion that trade schools and technical education take the place of universal education is being heard more frequently today than ever before… - James D. Davidson, in INDIVIDUALIST 6/72, 17/18, quoting D. H. Lawrence. - I hold that basic reading, writing and reckoning are a basic education that parents ought to provide directly or indirectly to their children, apart from moral or ethical education. With these they can raise themselves to any level that they want to achieve. And the 3 R's can be taught, at least with the Joseph Lancaster methods, very fast and easily, in 3 weeks to 3 months. - J.Z., 24.5.00.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Lawrence felt that modern education left the average person stifled, his spontaneous emotions, his vital inner feeling suppressed. Lawrence proposed that the State say to each parent: "Parents, the State can no longer be responsible for the mind and character of your children. From the first day of the coming year, all schools will be closed for an indefinite period of time. Fathers, see that your boys are trained to be men. Mothers, see that your daughters are trained to be women." - James D. Davidson, in INDIVIDUALIST 6/72, 17/18, quoting D. H. Lawrence.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Public schooling suppresses the diversity among individuals. - Mark Spengler, Education in a Free Society, THE FREEMAN, July 1977, 419.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Real education must ultimately be limited to one who really insists on knowing; the rest is merely sheep-herding. - Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, 1934.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Schoolism isn't inherently better than any other ism. But, at least temporarily, in form of "compulsory schooling", it enslaves more people than any other ism. - J.Z., 29.4.92. - And it wrongly conditions them at this opportunity. - J.Z., 27.5.00.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Schools rather shut up than open up children's mouths and minds. - J.Z., 29.4.92.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: She contends that what schools mostly do is practise rigid age segregation, socialize children into narrow roles, label people into limiting categories, create meaningless problems, value obedience & compliance above all other virtues, teach that life is segmented by ringing bells, & worse. - Leslie Graves in reviewing Grace Llewellyn, The Teenage Liberation Handbook.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: The only way to modernize our educational system is to do away with schools. - F. M. Esfandiary, Up-Wingers, 48.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: The public school made chattels of us all. - Questioner at Libertarian Supper Club, 8.1.91.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders. - John Taylor Gatto, in: Dumbing Us Down.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Under compulsory schooling schools are concentration camps with educational pretences. Indeed, they keep children captive only for a few hours every day but for children and their indoctrination with statism that is already enough. - J.Z., 20.5.00.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: What they taught me in school durn near ruined me, before I got wise and started teaching myself. - Robert Heinlein, Space Family Stone, 40.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS; The only way to modernize our educational system is to do away with schools. … F. M. Esfandiary, Upwingers, 1973, 48.
EDUCATION & SELF-DEVELOPMENT: Every human being has the right to develop, at his own expense, all his faculties which do not endanger the human rights of others and, furthermore, the duty to acquire a certain minimum education. The absolute minimum education gives knowledge of and respect for the basic rights of others. - From human rights drafts in Peace Plans 4, with some later amendments.
EDUCATION & SELF-EDUCATION: Every person has two educations, one which he receives from others, one, more important, which he gives to himself. - Gibbon.
EDUCATION & SELF-EDUCATION: The object of education is to prepare the young to educate
EDUCATION & SELF-HELP: Handouts are not the solution to mental poverty either. For the abolition of both types of poverty at least some self-help effort is required. - J.Z., 8.6.83.
EDUCATION & SELF-RESPONSIBILITY: Should we make "it our business to see that the child from his birth has every comfort lavished upon him and every personal responsibility removed from him? - Ernest Benn, Why Freedom Works, p.74.
EDUCATION & SELF-THINKING: The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men. - James Beattie, in The Free Man's Almanac.
EDUCATION & SEX EDUCATION: A recent study indicates that many teenagers are opposed to sex education in the schools. They say it's a plot by parents and educators to make the subject dull and uninteresting. - Edward Stevenson, Reader's Digest, 1/79.
EDUCATION & SLAVERY: He correctly asserts that in the schools "What children really learn is Practical Slavery". - John Holt, The Underachieving School.
EDUCATION & SLAVERY: In the old South, when men were compelled by force to serve the needs of others, we called it slavery. Today, however, when men are forced to serve others (through tax support of programs such as public education), we call it "fulfilling one's duty to society". Call it what we will, however, compulsory support of schools is ethically no more defensible than any other form of involuntary servitude. - R.W. Grant, The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet.
EDUCATION & STATISM: Educators know, or are expected to know, writes Dr. Herbert Lowry, "how vital colleges and universities are in giving leading ideas to...national life - all down the line. They know that education is eventually a kind of dynamite." Which exploded in our day, in various parts of the world, in socialism, fascism, and communism. Dr. I.L. Kandel has conceded the lamentable truth that "education is the most Fascist aspect of the Fascist Revolution, the most Communist feature of the Communist Revolution, and the most Nazi expression of the National Socialist Revolution." The correlation, in other words, doesn't automatically hold. It is not safe to say: Knowledge is wisdom. In terms of sheer knowledge, sheer book learning, Lenin and Trotsky had few peers. Yet it would greatly have relieved the world had their teachers refrained from cultivating the minds, and hence the powers, of these men. - William F. Buckley, Jr., Rumbles Left and Right, p.132.
EDUCATION & STATISM: The simple truth that experience has taught us is that the most potent and significant expression of statism is a State educational system. Without it, statism is impossible. With it, the State can, and has, become everything. - Samuel L. Blumenfeld, REASON, March 1979, p.23.
EDUCATION & STATISM: All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarising the popular mind; for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most effective for State purposes. - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907.
EDUCATION & STATISM: What's done to children, they will do to society. - Dr. Karl Menninger, quoted in Reader's Digest, 7/80. For 100 years we have penned them in, to be indoctrinated by statists with a vested interest in statism. And for 100 years they have turned society into a prison. J.Z., 5.6.82.
EDUCATION & STATISM: It is no accident that the strongest motive for compulsory tax-supported schools in the U.S. a century ago, when they were imposed, was not better education (literacy was already substantial and fast rising) but destruction of minority cultures through forced association and indoctrination of children. - VONULIFE, 3/73.
EDUCATION & STUPIDITY: There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get off the thing that he was educated in. - Will Rogers, quoted in Will Durant's On the Meaning of Life, 1932.
EDUCATION & TAX SLAVERY: ...the government educational system is supported by a system of slavery (involuntary servitude via taxation). - Glen G. Cooper, CONTEMPORARY REALISM, 16. - It also constitutes an educational slavery under education pretences. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & TAXATION: It's immoral to force the elderly and retired to pay for schools that are no use to them. - Murray N. Rothbard, Libertarian Review, 11/77
EDUCATION & TEACHERS, TEACHING, SELF-EDUCATION VS. NUREMBERG FUNNEL EDUCATION: Teaching at ANY level consists in INITIATING others into activities, modes of conduct and thought which have STANDARDS written into them, by reference to which it is possible to act, think, and feel with varying degrees of skill, relevance and taste. If teachers are not convinced of this, they should be otherwise employed. - R.S. Peters, quoted by R. Conway in QUADRANT, 4/76.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: We don't need no thought control. / Hey, teacher, leave the kids alone, / All in all, you're just / Another Brick in the Wall. - Pink Floyd, "The Wall", 1979.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: Sometimes I wonder why we still have teachers - when nothing seems to be taught any more. J.Z., 6.6.77.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach, those who can't teach, teach teachers. - Saying quoted in THE BULLETIN, 26.6.76.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: ...schools give them powers which corrupt their judgement. - Reimer, ibid, p.117.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: The American public school system has come to resemble a vast civil service, in which the trend is toward a policy of considering everything about a teacher's qualifications ... except his teaching ability; and of considering everything about a student's qualifications ...except his intellectual competence. - Nathaniel Branden, THE OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 1963.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. - Source? - They would mostly get along fine, with some help from their parents and helpers hired by their parents, if almost all teachers went permanently on strike. How can we induce them to do so? - But teachers seem to be aware that not many of them would be hired under freedom conditions. They can at most satisfy school boards & supervisors. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: The educator must be educated. - Jos Kingston. - Yes, indeed, but by whom, how and in what? By the government, by its methods and ends? Here, too, nothing but free competition can help, reducing it from a government public service, practised in reality against the interest of the public, to genuine services, hired and fired by members of the public, in their own interest and that of their children. - Government educated teachers will, mostly, stay uneducated or mis-educated - unless they manage to educate themselves, which is not made easy for them. - J.Z., 29.5.00.
EDUCATION & TEACHERS: The State school system, which is an abject failure and produces graduates at the bottom of the list of industrialized nations, now has 129 "education bureaucrats" for every 100 teachers. - Vincent Miller, FNN, Summer 1992.
EDUCATION & THE LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE: The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit. - The Free Man's Almanac. - How many of the teachers love knowledge for the sake of knowledge? If they lack it, how can they inspire it? - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & THE PRINTED WORD, TRUTHS, ERRORS, PREJUDICES & MYTHS: In our own day it would not be an unfair description of education to define it as the art which teaches men to be deceived by the printed word. - Prof. H. J. Laski, Liberty in the Modern State. - What liberty? How much liberty? Are there to be no others? - J.Z., 27.5.00. - More prejudices are in print than truths. - J.Z., 22.6.92.
EDUCATION & THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN: The education establishment does not know what is best for your child... - "Reason", 1/79, p.51.
EDUCATION & THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS: Parents Rights Inc. is fighting for the right of parents to educate their children as they see fit. - FREEDOM TODAY, 3/76.
EDUCATION & THE SELF-RESPONSIBLE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE: Education is the pursuit of knowledge that pays off in the enjoyment of it; if it does not yield that kind of profit, you quit the pursuit, and you keep at it only in proportion to returns. Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p 226, on the educational theory of Albert Jay Nock.
EDUCATION & THE STATE: The care which governments have taken to direct the education of the people, and the bankruptcy of the hopes of the believers in liberty. The education of today is nothing more than drill... - Francesco Ferrer (Sprading, p.490)
EDUCATION & THE STATE: The state should not be allowed to take children forcibly from their homes in order to subject them to educational training of any sort whatsoever... - OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 63.
EDUCATION & THE STATE: ... every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy sooner or later, whether as the divine right of kings or the "will of the people" in "democracy". Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost super-human task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property, and mind in its clutches from infancy. An octopus would sooner release its prey. ... Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine, N.Y., 1943, p. 257.
EDUCATION & THE STATE: John A Howard, president of Rockford College, has argued that separation of state and school is as important as separation of state and church. - A IS A NEWSLETTER, Feb. 72.
EDUCATION & THE STATE: The State is the worst possible teacher and controller of teachers, schools and pupils. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION & THE YOUTH REBELLION: What makes for adolescent revolt is the fact that our society keeps the younger generation too long dependent in terms of mature responsibility and a striving for independence. - Paideia, Spring 1972.
EDUCATION & TOTALITARIANISM: A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian State. - Isabel Paterson, ibid.
EDUCATION & TOTALITARIANISM: Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. - V. I. Lenin, quoted by Walter Duranty, N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE.
EDUCATION & VALUES: Freedom is in no way violated by an educational overseer's insistence that the teacher he employs hold a given set of values. - W. F. Buckley, God & Man at Yale, 194.
EDUCATION & VOUCHER SYSTEM: "Another (interim) measure, a variant of the performance-contract system, is the 'voucher system'. Under this approach, money normally spent for public schools is distributed to parents with the proviso that they use it to send their children to a private school of their choice. Generally, a 'voucher' of about $ 800 per child is suggested. In this system, parents and children are able to select that school they think is best suited for their wants - and bad schools are forced out of business for lack of patronage. Some libertarians believe, however, that there is more harm than good in the voucher system, because it would invite state regulation and eliminate the small amount of freedom remaining to private schools today." Libertarian Yearbook, 1972, p.15. This is what happened in the US in recent legislative proposals. Thus this proposal should be made in a way to eliminate this danger. But the tendency that whoever pays the piper calls the tune, will still indirectly apply in this voucher system. Parents will have the full influence only (or children will decide on the own education) when they themselves pay for it. Only then will the incentive to get the most for one's money be maximised. - J.Z.
EDUCATION & WORK & LIFE: Education should not be separated from work and the rest of life, but integrated with them. - Everett Reimer, School is Dead, p.89.
EDUCATION A SELF-RESPONSIBILITY: Education in its finest sense can only be the product of self-seeking; the initiative has to be with the individual and the accompanying expansion of the faculties - every step personally taken and, thus, earned. This is the drawing forth or eductive process, each turning his own eye to such lights as he can discover. Actually, the educated man - a finished product - has never existed; there is, at best, only the educable man!* - Read, Then Truth Will Out, 85. - (*) - who seriously tries to educate himself to the best of his ability. J.Z., 4.8.87.
EDUCATION AS A BUSINESS: Let education go commercial. - Thomas L. Johnson, in The Freeman, 11/73.
EDUCATION AS A MARKETABLE COMMODITY OR SERVICE: Education may not commonly be thought of as a marketable commodity like soybeans or television sets, but it nevertheless is. Constructing facilities and paying teachers requires scarce resources that could be allocated to provide other goods or services. If these resources go to education, they are not available elsewhere. In this respect, education is an economic good very similar to soybeans and TVs. - Robert Love, in The Free Man's Almanac.
EDUCATION AS BRAINWASHING: Compulsory schooling is the moral equivalent of compulsory brainwashing. - Eric Lindsay, GIRL'S OWN FANZINE, 3.
EDUCATION BUT NOT THROUGH THE STATE: Properly defined, education is the most revolutionary of all human activities and the State is the least capable of all in structuring it. - William Thurston Brown, quoted in W. Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.456.
EDUCATION BY CHOICE: One should be at liberty to discriminate in one's educational relationships at least as much as one should be in one's sexual relationships. - J.Z., 3.8.87.
EDUCATION BY COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISES: ...schools...to be dissolved and replaced by educational businesses, that is, businesses that operate like other enterprises in a competitive and open manner with the intention of satisfying customers. - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73.
EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS: It is not endurable that a government should have complete control over...education... To possess such control, and actually exert it, is to be despotic. - J.S. Mill.
EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS: No amount of state education will make a really intelligent nation. - Auberon Herbert (Mack, 179)
EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS: "Government education" is a contradiction in terms. - Leonard Read, Meditations on Freedom. - Rulers tend to be the most ignorant, prejudiced and conceited people, thus they and those they select, are usually least suitable as teachers of facts, truths and understanding. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS: And it is most undesirable to let government, while it is diffusing darkness, pretend it is busy with the enlightenment of the people. It is doing this now, by means of all sorts of pseudo-educational establishments which it controls: schools, high schools, universities, academies, and all kinds of committees and congresses... - Tolstoy, on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence, 142.
EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS: Governments ...have long since instituted...educational projects that not only do not prevent the spread of ignorance, but do everything to increase it. - Leo Tolstoy, Civil Disobedience, 240.
EDUCATION BY PARENTS RATHER THAN TEACHERS: One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum.
EDUCATION BY PLAY & WORK, RATHER THAN COMPULSORY SCHOOLING: Let pupils rather play and work freely, at their own expense & risk, and on their own account, under guardianship of their parents. They will thus learn more and faster and we would save all the expense for compulsory schooling. - J.Z., 9/12/78, & 11.6.00.
EDUCATION BY THE GOVERNMENT: In general, government services are usually of very low quality. I often wonder, for example, if NO education might not be better than some of the "free" education. - Harry Brown, How I Found Freedom, 185.
EDUCATION BY THE GOVERNMENT: All the King's horses and all the King's men - government compulsion - cannot make me think; indeed, force stifles thought. Once this point is comprehended, it becomes apparent that 'government education' is a contradiction in terms. - L. E. Read, Meditations on Freedom, 12.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE DESTROYS MINDS: ...the state educational system - what a massively well-designed mind destroyer. - Bybanker, Libertarian Connection, 10.7.72.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: A general state education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly alike. It establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body. - John Stuart Mill, 1865.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: And it is most undesirable to let government, while it is diffusing darkness, pretend it is busy with the enlightenment of the people. It is doing this now, by means of all sorts of pseudo-educational establishments which it controls: schools, high schools, universities, academies, and all kinds of committees and congresses... - Tolstoy, on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence, 142.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: Education by the state is not just, it is not free and most of all, it is not in the interests of those being educated...it serves the purposes of the state only. That is their justification, ultimately, for the imposition of their coercive educational institutions. - Greg Lindsay, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. In short, it is not education but miseducation. J.Z., 30.10.76.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: It is not at all clear that we are wiser, more just, or more free, for having been educated by the state. The objections to public education are both ethical and practical. - Duncan Yuille, On Public Education.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: State education, introduced 100 years ago by men and women concerned first to provide the benefits of universal literacy and later to develop leisure and cultural pursuits, is more and more coming under control of the trendy 'expert', who seeks to make his name at the children's expense while he gathers his money from the state. - Boyson, Down With The Poor, 3.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: Why not separate school and State? - L.E. Read, Vision.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government - whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation - in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body. - John Stuart Mill, speech, 1859. - Even a totalitarian State cannot achieve that. But the Soviet system, in a few generations, managed to turn about 30% of the population into converts to at least some of its ideology. - J.Z., 29.5.00.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: Education run by the State must be less than what education could otherwise amount to. This is because education requires full attention and care, not the half-way dedication that political projects are blessed with. - - Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, 246.
EDUCATION BY THE STATE: The purpose of "liquidate illiteracy" is only that every peasant should be able to read by himself, without help, our decrees, orders and proclamations. The aim is completely practical. - Vladimir Ilyitch Lenin.
EDUCATION ENSLAVING MINDS: A free education that enslaves the mind is a very high price to pay. - Stormy Mon, p. 25 of Imagine Freedom.
EDUCATION EXPENDITURES INCREASE BUT NOT ACHIEVEMENTS: Studies have shown that rising public school expenditures lead to no increase in student achievement. - Libertarian Yearbook, 1972, p.12.
EDUCATION FOR FREEDOM IN AN UNFREE INSTITUTION? ...is there an instance, in the history of the world, where slaves have been educated for freedom by their task-masters? - William Lloyd Garrison.
EDUCATION FOR ONESELF, NOT FOR SOCIETY: Education ought to bring man to himself, not to society... - John Carroll.
EDUCATION FOR SELF-EDUCATION: The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. - Robert Hutchins, Read. Dig. 12/73. - Do present schools achieve that: Look at the entertainment, votes and reading matter of the masses, all government "educated". - J.Z.
EDUCATION FOR SELF-EDUCATION: The first thing education teaches you to do is to walk alone. - Alfred Aloysius Horn, 1861-1931. - That requires only a very basic education - and some respect for knowledge and understanding. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION FOR SUBORDINATION: What "students" are taught in the public schools is not reading, writing and arithmetic - it's docility, obediency and the capacity to tolerate a life of stupefying boredom. - Jeff Riggenbach, "Liberty", vol. 1, No. 1, Sep./Oct. 1978, S.L.S.
EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS: What is needed more than anything else is real education for TEACHERS, in ECONOMICS, POLITICS, MORALITY & TECHNOLOGY. J.Z., 11.5.84.
EDUCATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF TEACHERS: Nowadays almost nobody but teachers gets anything worthwhile out of school education. - J.Z., 7.7.78.
EDUCATION FOR THE STATE? It is not surprising that education by the State becomes education for the State. - Byron Fraser, to Henry Rosenblum, 15.10.1980.
EDUCATION IN ORTHODOXY: I have been maintaining for several years that American higher education has developed into an engine for the imposition of the prevailing orthodoxy, and that the same people, by and large, who are involved in this operation, do not hesitate to instruct the community about the imperatives of academic freedom. - Buckley: Up from Liberalism, 51. (Indoctrination, Orthodoxy, Academics, Universities, Academic Freedom.)
EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS: That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportionable eagerness and haste. - William Hazlitt, On Personal Character, The Plain Speaker, 1826.
EDUCATION IN THE MARKETPLACE: ...bring the field of education into the marketplace. - N. Branden, Objectivist Newsletter, June 1963.
EDUCATION IS A MATTER FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN: From a perspective of free men in a free and republican government, the federal government has the responsibility to leave the education of children entirely to the parents and the market, with education provided as the parents see fit and make arrangements according to whatever value system they wish to promote. - Prof. Tommy W. Rogers, quoted in News Digest International, 12/74.
EDUCATION IS NECESSARY, STATE EDUCATION IS NOT: The fact that education is necessary does not make "free" state education necessary, on the contrary! - J.Z., 23.5.82.
EDUCATION IS NEVER FINISHED: If a man's education is finished, he is finished. - E. A. Filene, 1860-1937. - See: Man, Growth, Personal Development, Learning.
EDUCATION IS SELF-EDUCATION: Education comes from within; it is a man's own doing, or rather it happens to him - sometimes because of the teaching he has had, sometimes in spite of it. - The Free Man's Almanac.
EDUCATION MONOPOLY: Our major threat today is a world-wide monopoly in the domination of men's minds. - E. Reimer, School Is Dead, p. 20.
EDUCATION NOT A RIGHT: Education and welfare are rapidly coming to be viewed as the "right" of every person. But just as the right to life does not mean someone has to provide us with food, water and shelter, and the right to property does not mean that someone has to provide us with land, a house, car, TV set and so on, so the right to education does not mean that someone has to provide us with a school, books, teachers and living allowance. - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75.
EDUCATION NOT A RIGHT: Education is Not a Free Birthright. - Terry Hill, Toronto, 1966 speech. (Option, vol. III, No.1.)
EDUCATION NOT A RIGHT: ...education is not a 'natural right' of man. There are no such free gifts. - Nathaniel Branden, Intellectual Ammunition Dept., THE OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, JUNE 63. - There exists only a right to acquire an education, through one's own efforts and expense in hiring educational aids and or teachers. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION NOT A STATE RESPONSIBILITY: I think it is absolutely not the business of the state to say what people shall learn. - John Holt, OUTLOOK, 1/73.
EDUCATION OBSTRUCTED BY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The most "atrocious" of all that stand in the way of our social liberation, according to MacLow, is the system of public schools with which America has subverted the natural spontaneity and creativity of the young. - Jackson MacLow, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.547.
EDUCATION OF LIBERTARIANS: Our primary problem as libertarians seems to be: How to educate libertarians sufficiently. We haven't even got, as yet, a libertarian encyclopaedia to help us in this educational project. - J.Z., 1977, 3.8.87.
EDUCATION OF PARENTS, ALSO A FAILURE: We should not forget that parental incompetence to choose, which many sociologists and educational bureaucrats make the excuse for perpetuating the present system, is largely the result of the denial of choice to generations of parents in educational questions. - Utley/Udal, Vouchers for Education, in "Down With The Poor", p. 97.
EDUCATION OF TEACHERS & PARENTS: The problem of our time is not the education of kids but rather that of adults, especially teachers of all kinds - who aren't even aware of their ignorance. Such adults can never sufficiently teach kids - or other adults. J.Z., 77/87.
EDUCATION OF THE MASSES: So-called educational programs designed to repair the ignorant, when applied to the high-level freedom area, are less than useless. They only activate the existing ignorance, better left dormant. - L.E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, 132. (Propaganda, Masses, Outreach, Ignorance, Prejudices, Spreading the Word, Enlightenment.)
EDUCATION PREVENTS LEARNING: We like learning but not being taught. - Robert Mende, quoted in "Best Cartoons from the Editors of Male & Stag", Aug. 74.
EDUCATION REFORM THROUGH PRESENT PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS? The trouble with the educational system today is that the people chosen to remedy its wrongs are the educators who are responsible for what's wrong with it in the first place. - Cincinnati Enquirer, SLM, 1978. That is like entrusting the abolition of crime to the crime syndicates. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION REQUIRES FREE CHOICE: Education: ...hampered free choice in an area where freedom of choice is vital. - Charles M. Hepburn, THE FREEMAN, 3/76.
EDUCATION REQUIRES VOLUNTARISM: Education is the voluntary taking of ideas freely taken by others, not a police process of stuffing information into a captive audience. - L. E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.98.
EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A PRISON SYSTEM: The fact that schools are operated as 'jails', which do not function to please customers but to satisfy those in charge, is very likely the explanation of the vast number of problems that permeate all levels of education, both private and public. - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, Nov. 73.
EDUCATION THAT PRODUCES COERCIO: ... the application of coercion to education is turning out what a vast majority of us do not want: millions of "educated" coercionists, annually - exactly what any capable diagnostician would have predicted. It is unrealistic to believe that institutions founded on coercion can, in the long run, advance an understanding of freedom. The record is already speaking for itself. - L.E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, 12.
EDUCATION THOUGH THE POLITICAL PROCESS: The single merit of the political process is that it is a method which includes education. Unfortunately, political education is much too costly and much too slow. - LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Winter 75.
EDUCATION THROUGH COERCION: I do not think the coerced mind ever really learns an art. - Poul Anderson, The Enemy Stars, p. 23.
EDUCATION THROUGH COMPULSION? Government education has three forms of domineering: compulsory attendance, government dictation of the curricula, and the forcible collection of the wherewithal to pay the bills. - Leonard E. Read, The Freeman, 11/72. It has also control of the training of teachers. - J.Z., 4.8.87.
EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION: One has always to educate oneself in the end. - Listener, in public meeting lecture on education.
EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION: The better part of every man's education is that which he gives himself. - J. R. Lowell, My Study Windows: Lincoln. 14.
EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION: The best part of every man's education is that which he gives to himself. - Sir Walter Scott.
EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION: The only really educated men are self-educated. - Jesse Lee Bennett, Culture and A Liberal Education.
EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION: The secret of Ben Franklin's scholarship or of Abe Lincoln's high level of literacy and breadth of learning: an individual becomes truly educated only as he learns to educate himself. - V. Orval Watts, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 20, 1971,p.1.
EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-HELP: Mental just as well as material poverty does not require handouts but, rather, self-help efforts to abolished them and these must be based on personal interest and motivation. - J.Z., 8.6.83.
EDUCATION THROUGH THE STATE: By affirming the legitimacy of tax-supported education, voters have attempted to transfer their responsibilities for the education of their children to another agency, the state. Yet at the same time, they affirm their own sovereignty over the content and structure of the educational system. That they have lost almost every battle in their war with tenured, state-supported educational bureaucrats, is the direct result of the public's abdication of personal responsibility, family by family, for the education of their children. The war was lost on the day that parents, as voters, decided to transfer the financial responsibilities of educating their on children to other members of the body politic. - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76, p.264, in criticising even the voucher scheme.
EDUCATION TO PREVENT MADE CATASTROPHES, LIKE E.G. COMPULSORY EDUCATION: Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. - H. G. Wells, Visions, Journalism & Prophecy, p. 286. Another quoted version runs: Civilisation is a race between education and catastrophe.
EDUCATION UNDER FREE ENTERPRISE, DEVELOPMENT & CHOICE? What might the educational facilities of this nation be today had private, voluntary effort not been pre-empted by state force? In considering this intriguing question, one might ponder this highly significant fact: the goods and services provided today on a free market basis - automobiles, entertainment, food, etc., - are available in abundance at steadily declining (real) costs, while the goods and services provided through state monopoly (education) are in chronic short supply, while the taxes to pay for those services go up and up and up. Indeed, present experience as well as past history suggest that this nation would have better and more abundant educational facilities today for rich and poor alike, had education never become a concern of the state. - R. W. Grant: The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet.
EDUCATION UNDER FREEDOM VS. FREE EDUCATION: If parents were not taxed, education services for their children would be among the first competitively supplied market services that they would be able and willing to purchase. Anyhow, competitively supplied education could be so cheap that it would hardly be a burden at all. It could cost less than parents are willing to spend upon toys for their children. And free work opportunities for children could also cover the costs. - J.Z., 30.5.00.
EDUCATION UNDER PARENTAL CONTROL: Shall there be a free society with parental control of the child's education, or an authoritarian society with state-controlled education? - M. N. Rothbard, Education, Free & Compulsory, p.11.
EDUCATION UNDER STATE CONTROL: Parental instruction was downgraded. The State had declared war with parents over control of their children. - M. N. Rothbard, Education, free & compulsory. As if bureaucrats loved children more than parents do their own children. Some teachers saw to it that all their graduates volunteered for WW I! They had readied them to slaughter or be slaughtered, with unquestioning obedience, falling for some patriotic catch-phrases. - J.Z., 11.6.00.
EDUCATION UNDER STATIST CONTROL: Even more demoralising, perhaps, has been the increase in statist control of the schools, control which deprives parents of both the means and the feeling of responsibility for educating their own offspring. - V. Orval Watts, THE FREEMAN, August, year? (p. 482).
EDUCATION VIA THE POLICE: Police type education: This is featured by three forms of police coercion: (1) compulsory attendance, (2) police dictated curricula, and (3) the forcible collection of the where-withal to pay the enormous bill. The police have no more place in education than in religion. - L. E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 97.
EDUCATION VICTIMISES INDIVIDUALS: In all this the individual ceases to have meaning. He is educated in a system that is not of his choosing, which binds his mind as the Chinese bound feet. His wishes do not matter...I. R. Ibarra & Fred Woodworth, THE MATCH, June 75.
EDUCATION VS. BILDUNG: Let us at least try to provide them with what they ask for, and leave them as free as possible. Give them
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