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Grandma at the Helm

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Grandma at the HelmI have long thought the following succinctly helps explain the consequences of school’s never-again-to-be-repeated-in-life “artificial socialization.”

“Let us never forget that the law is adaption to circumstances, be they what they may. And if, rather than allow men to come in contact with the real circumstances of their position, we place them in artificial – in false – circumstances, they will adapt themselves to these instead; and will, in the end, have to undergo the miseries of a readaption to the real ones.”  ~ Herbert Spencer in Social Statics

Shared in *The Art of Education: Reclaiming Your Family, Community and Self* with the chapter, “Birds Don’t Go to Flight School: Artificial Learning vs. Natural Education”
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3 Responses to “Grandma at the Helm”

  1. Nancy says:

    Don't even get me started about the evils of age apartheid! A terrible thing in our culture!

    I was once threatened with a wooden paddle because, during lunch time, I went over to talk to my brother for a few minutes! But that was not allowed, because I was in 4th grade, and he was in 6th! (The occasion was that our little brother had been born that morning, about 10 a.m., and we had been informed by the school secretary. I wanted to share a moment of family happiness.)

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  3. What a sad story, Nancy. 🙁

    You know, I've always wondered if adults who do stupid things like that to children go home and think, "What a stupid thing I did today," or are they totally oblivious?

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