Friday, May 6, 2011

Indoctrination isn't so scary...don't be afraid we won't hurt you

George Counts, former head of AFT, A Kirkpatrick Group member and educator (oh and Bolshevik sympathizer)said..." if progressive education is to be generally progressive, it must emancipate itself from the influence of this class, face squarely and courageously every social issue, come to grips with life in all of its stark reality, establish an organic relationship with the community, develop a realistic and comprehensive theory of welfare, fashion a compelling and challenging vision of human destiny, and become somewhat less frightened of the bogeys of imposition and indoctrination. In a word, progressive education cannot built its program out of the interests of children"

Where to start? This sounds exactly like education today and some are happy with that. However, I think education should be supportive of free thought and will, individualism, and the like. Schools are not welfare machines, but places of learning and exploration. And when we become less frightened of imposition and indoctrination, we becomes slaves to despotism and I stand firmly against that. Such a suggestion infuriates me as it should.

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