A Primer of Libertarian Education
In this book Joel Spring traces the long tradition of libertarian opposition to established forms of schooling from Rousseau and William Godwin to A.S. Neill and Paulo Freire. He illuminates the central questions that have concerned radical educators:
-- How can teaching encourage independence and self-reliance?
-- Can rigid ideas and ideologies be avoided by radical educators?
-- What is the contradiction between schooling and education?
-- How does truly libertarian child rearing challenge the family structure?
-- How can real learning free people so they can begin to change the world around them?Spring also discusses the ideas of several figures whose relevance to education is just beginning to be appreciated, including Max Stirner, Franciso Ferrer, Wilhelm Reich, and Tolstoy. Spring concludes with suggestions for what directions radical educational change might now take.
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