What the government thinks of your children

 

From Rothbard’s Free and compulsory education:

To Herbert Spencer, China carried out the idea of compulsory
education to its logical conclusion:

There the government publishes a list of works which
may be read; and considering obedience the supreme
virtue, authorizes such only as are friendly to despotism.
Fearing the unsettling effects of innovation, it allows
nothing to be taught but what proceeds from itself. To
the end of producing pattern citizens, it exerts a stringent
discipline over all conduct. There are “rules for sitting,
standing, walking, talking, and bowing, laid down with
the greatest precision.”15

The Imperial Japanese system of compulsory state education is
worth noting carefully, because of the many similarities which it
displays with modern “progressive” education. As Lafcadio Hearn
observed:

The object has never been to train the individual for
independent action, but to train him for cooperative
action…. Constraint among us begins with childhood,
and gradually relaxes [which would be the best for the
child as his reasoning powers develop and he could be
allowed more freedom and less guidance]; constraint in
Far Eastern training begins later, and thereafter gradually
tightens…. Not merely up to the age of school life,
but considerably beyond it, a Japanese child enjoys a
degree of liberty far greater than is allowed to Occidental
children…. The child is permitted to do as he pleases….
At school, the discipline begins…but there is no punishment
beyond public admonition. Whatever restraint exists
is chiefly exerted on the child by the common opinion of his
class; and a skillful teacher is able to direct that opinion….
The ruling power is always the class sentiment…. It
is always the rule of the many over the one; and the
power is formidable.

The spirit inculcated is always the sacrifice of the individual to
the community, and a crushing of any individual independence. In
adult life, any deviation from the minutiae of state regulation was
instantly and severely punished.16

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2 Responses to What the government thinks of your children

  1. Globo says:

    Smells as rotten just as that Gonski/Gillard reform.

  2. gascogne says:

    That’s disgusting.

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