Educate for Freedom

Trivium 21c


Education discourse has become focused on the need to get children a good career with high earning potential and the creation of great character in a meritocratic society but education is for none of these things. A good education might create the possibility for some that these things might follow on but make them your aim and you will fail, and also you will fail to educate. Education in the Western tradition is tied to the idea of freedom, it must embrace the possibility that children will end up with a disastrous career, low earnings, bad character and the rich might remain rich or killed by anarchists. It is not for teachers to brainwash their pupils so that they will forever be in their thrall, it is for teachers to pass on the tradition into which children can grow in order to be free of their teaching, to accept it or reject…

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