2015: The Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

Peter Gray, Ph.D., Guest Forced education interferes with children’s abilities to educate themselves. In my last post, I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable. I said, several times: “School is a prison.” I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone I know. I, like most people I know, went through the full 12 years of public schooling. My mother taught in a public school for several years. My beloved half-sister is a public school teacher. I have many dear friends and cousins who are public schoolteachers. How can I say that these good people–who love children and have poured themselves passionately into the task of trying to help children–are involved in a system of imprisoning children? The comments on my last post showed that my references to school as prison made […] Read More