Wednesday, 24 February 2021

"I begin with my conclusion: The 'public' school system is the most immoral and corrupt institution [in NZ] today, and it should be abolished."


"I begin with my conclusion: The 'public' school system is the most immoral and corrupt institution [in NZ] today, and it should be abolished. It should be abolished for the same reason that chattel slavery was ended in the 19th century: Although different in purpose and in magnitude of harm to its victims, public education, like slavery, is a form of involuntary servitude. The primary difference is that public schools force children to serve the interests of the state rather than those of an individual master.
    "These are—to be sure—radical claims, but they are true, and the abolition of public schools is an idea whose time has come. It is time for [all of us] to reexamine—radically and comprehensively—the nature and purpose of their disastrously failing public school system, and to launch a new abolitionist movement, a movement to liberate [more than three-quarters-of-a-million] children and their parents from this form of bondage.1"

~ C Bradley Thompson, from his post 'The New Abolitionism: Why Education Emancipation is the Moral Imperative of Our Time'
Note 1. On the nineteenth-century antislavery abolitionists, see C. Bradley Thompson, ed., Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860: A Reader (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003)

[Hat tip Louise Lamontagne. Contextualised to NZ.] 

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