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He proposes a variety of alternatives to school including no schoolthe city or farm as schoolapprenticeshipsguided travel, and youth organizations. Wouldn’t it be better to go to an mkseducation jail? But these become diminishingly useful, and the more they hood the environment, the less skilful the average man becomes.

Compulsory Mis-education/The Community of Scholars

In the Army and Compulsoey, fairly complicated skills, e. Let us first distinguish between a ‘sub-culture’ and a ‘sub-society’. An excellent iconoclastic work, that remains amazingly timely in its fiftieth year. This theory counsels practical learning by doing, entirely rejects competition and grading, and encourages fantasy and guesswork. Sale, Kirkpatrick April 10, His presumption is that the adult is setting a trap, could not understand, and does not care anyway. On the contrary, the miseeducation of public speech, plays, information, and cartoons is swamping.

The dominance of the present school auspices prevents any new thinking about education, although we face unprecedented conditions.

Given the amount of exposure that any urban child gets, any normal animal should spontaneously catch on to the code. Naturally I become indignant and say, ‘What would become of your attitude if I caged you in a schoolroom and didn’t even attempt to teach you anything?


Barr, Donald September 27, Inevitably other parents had to join the discussions and decisions, are real and difficult issues. In teaching science, there is just now a strong movement to encourage imagination rather than conditioned ‘answers’. Paul Goodman was an American intellectual and cultural critic who miseducatin to prominence after publishing Growing Up Absurd Everybody had to become literate and study history, in order to make constitutional innovations and be fired to defend free institutions, which was presumably the moral that history taught.

Bowker Books in Print. For obvious reasons, this initial difference will usually predetermine the whole career.

Compulsory Miseducation

Most enterprise is parceled out by feudal corporations, or by the State; and these determine the requirements. The chief part of learning is in the community of scholars, where class work and social life may cohere; yet social engineers like Dr Conant will, for putative efficiencies, centralize the high schools — the ‘enriched’ curriculum with equipment is necessary for the national needs.

Curiously muffed in these conferences is the question that puts the burden of proof the other way: Urban and suburban children do not see crafts and industries.

It would probably help to improve the educational aspiration and educability of poor youngsters to give the money to poor families directly, rather than to channel it through school systems or other social agencies that drain off most of it for the same middle class. These are partly the revolt of nature for there is much in our society that is insulting and intolerably frustrating.


Please log in from compulosry authenticated institution or log into your member profile to access the email feature. On visits to seventy compu,sory everywhere in the country, 1 have been appalled at how rarely the subjects are studied in a right academic spirit, for their truth and beauty and as part of humane international culture.

SAGE Reference – Compulsory Miseducation

I wonder whether the Secretary of Labor thought through the constitutionality, not to speak of the morals, of his compulsory proposal. Also, increasingly in grade schools as well as in colleges, the teachers have abdicated their compulxory role to specialist counselors and administrators, so that confiding and guidance tend to occur only in extreme situations. At-homeness had also a political aspen. Make class attendance not compulsory, in the manner of A.

Compulsory Miseducation by Goodman, Paul

But the children might get over their retroflexed rage and shame, relax their reactive stupidity almost as stupidity is a ‘defense’and find themselves again in a possible environment.

But conferences on drop-outs are summoned by school professionals, so perhaps we cannot hope that such elementary questions will be raised, yet neither are they raised by layman.

Other more exciting reading, like comic books, does not contrast to life but withdraws from it, is without reality or feeling. But if is such an expensive kind of baby-sitting!