Absurd and Antilife


“It is absurd and anti life to be compelled to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. This effectively cuts children off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety. It cuts children off from their own past and furture, sealing them in a continuous present much the same way television does.

It is absurd and anti-life to be forced to listen to a stranger reading poetry when you want to learn to construct buildings, or to be forced to sit with a stranger discussing the construction of buildings when you want to read poetry. It is absurd and anti-life to move from cell to cell at the sound of a gong every day of your natrual youth in an institution that allows you no privacy and even follows you into the sancutary of your home by demanding that you do it’s “homework.””

The Curriculum of the Family by John Taylor Gatto

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