Consent Based Education: What can a flock of Spanish geese tell us about schooling?

We’re doing school entirely wrong, if our goal is to raise people who are free.

Sophie Christophy

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Let’s take a few moments to think about what it means that schools are compulsory and coercive environments and not consensual ones. To do this, we need to think about the many compulsory layers that exist within schools.

Firstly, there is showing up. Unless home educating, young people have to attend school. There is no choice, it is compulsory, and failing to attend is a big issue with attendance data highly monitored. School being a place that you ‘have to be’ is the baseline of a person’s relationship with their school and education.

Then there is the compulsory participation within the school day. Students have to be in certain places at certain times, as decided by the teachers and school leadership. Their time during the day is rigidly structured in terms of the places they are allowed to go, and what they are allowed to do within those places. Again…

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1 thought on “Consent Based Education: What can a flock of Spanish geese tell us about schooling?”

  1. I agree with many of the writer’s conclusions, especially that if students could leave the misery of mindless school days, they would. I had to look up fois gras and am not sure I’d have used that analogy! Yikes. We’re not eating our kiddos, are we? 😜

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