Almost all education has a political motive: it aims at strengthening some group, national or religious or even social, in the competition with other groups. It is this motive, in the main, which determines the subjects taught, the knowledge offered and the knowledge withheld, and also decides what mental habits the pupils are expected to acquire. Hardly anything is done to foster the inward growth of mind and spirit; in fact, those who have had the most education are very often atrophied in their mental and spiritual life.
More Bertrand Russell on Undogmatic Unschoolers: Bertrand Russell on the home’s role in the preservation of diversity
Have you been to Nothing By The Book lately? I appalled the Interwebs by explaining how when I choose not to brush my children’s hair against their will, it’s for a hugely philosophical reason. And then I promised my children that when I’m an old woman, I will not complain about young people.
Happy not-back-to-school month, unschooling friends.
PS If you’re an unschooling blogger who follows Undogmatic Unschoolers, you know already I don’t do much social media outreach through UU–it all happens on Nothing By The Book. But I’m full of enthusiasm for the potential of sharing offered by Triberr, and I want to get a Tribe going under Undogmatic Unschoolers. Uber-easy sharing tool. Check it out.