A Primer of Libertarian Education

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Black Rose Books, 1998 - Education - 157 pages
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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Joel Spring is currently a professor at Queens College of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first principal chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory, and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. Joel Spring worked as a railroad conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad and for many years lived each summer on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, "Alaskan Visions," includes many of his Alaskan experiences. Professor Spring's major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over 20 scholarly books, with the most recent being "Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State"; "How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society"; "Education and the Rise of the Global Economy"; and "The Globalization and Educational Rights." His book, "Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights," has recently been translated into Chinese and published by the University of Peking Press.

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