Friday, May 16, 2008

What we do to each other

R.D Laing:
From the moment of birth, when the Stone Age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to those forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father, and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities, and on the whole this enterprise is successful. By the time the new human being is fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half-crazed creature more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age.

Education, good thing or bad? Discuss? Is it merely the reinforcement of a previous generation's prejudices; or the arming of a young mind to stretch and develop? How do you teach without shackling? How do you stretch the mind without limiting it?

2 comments:

Jim Murdoch said...

Education - good; indoctrination - bad.

Tom Conoboy said...

It can be difficult to stop the former becoming the latter, though. Especially with an education system as insanely obsessed with a. the bland, uniform straightjacket of the National Curriculum and b. the testing of children whenever there's a Y in the month.