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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Interview with Open Access Nigeria

research should be accessible to flourish.

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Last night, I did a Twitter interview with Open Access Nigeria (@OpenAccessNG). To make it easy to follow in real time, I created a list whose only members were me and OA Nigeria. But because Twitter lists posts in reverse order, and because each individual tweet is encumbered with so much chrome, it’s rather an awkward way to read a sustained argument.

So here is a transcript of those tweets, only lightly edited. They are in bold; I am in regular font. Enjoy!

So @MikeTaylor Good evening and welcome. Twitterville wants to meet you briefly. Who is Mike Taylor?

In real life, I’m a computer programmer with Index Data, a tiny software house that does a lot of open-source programming. But I’m also a researching scientist — a vertebrate palaeontologist, working on sauropods: the biggest and best of the dinosaurs. Somehow I fit that second…

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“Comics Preaching the Principles of Liberty”: An Exclusive Interview with Voluntaryist Comics!

I’m a fan of this Voluntaryist comic. Enjoy!

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Voluntaryist, Voluntaryism, Origins, Comic Book, Art, illustration, libertarian, superhero, statism, interview, comic creator, libertopia cartoonsIn a time when libertarians sought for more meaningful entertainment and positive ways to engage the culture around them, one person stepped forward with a unique comic series that explores what it truly means to be free! It’s the Voluntaryist Comic – an epic story of a superhuman hero who finds himself pitted against dastardly foes, giant monsters and timely super-villains almost ripped from the headlines of today! According to the Voluntaryist “About” page, “the purpose of this comic is to give a sense of what is going on in America and, in addition, to offer the reader inspiration that something can be done to stop the coming dystopian future. It also promotes voluntaryist values in the narrative. (If you don’t know what that is, simply google the ‘Non-aggression principle.’) The idea for the comic was created by Voluntaryist fanatic and costumer Jamie S., whose passion for liberty is only matched…

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It’s Not Rocket Science

by Tammy Drennan

Education is critical for many reasons – creating clear thinkers and confident, self-directed individuals, career success, bettering the world.

But guess what? It’s not rocket science.

Theoretically, it is rocket science. Economically, it is rocket science. Politically, it is rocket science. The many-faceted education industry needs education to be rocket science. If it’s not, they’re doomed.

Well, it’s not. But that’s a fact buried so deep and covered in so much unmentionable stuff, that millions of parents are prevented from taking their kids back by sheer, innocent ignorance.

Before Clara Barton made a name for herself taking care of soldiers during the Civil War, she was a teacher – without any training!! Not only was she a teacher, she started schools. She succeeded where everyone said she couldn’t.

Ms. Barton started a school at a factory. Her students – over 70 of them – ranged from 4-year-olds…

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While the Children Wait

Time to stop marching, time to do what’s right.

The annual Phi Delta Kappan poll on American attitudes about education is out for 2016.

The bad news for children attending failing schools is that 84% of Americans think the schools should be kept open and improved.

Haven’t we been trying that for decade upon decade — at the expense of millions of futures, millions of children?

How is it so acceptable to the vast majority of Americans to keep youngsters in hyper-substandard schools while adults battle it out over reforms and the contracts and power attached to them?

It’s time for parents to stop marching outside their kids’ schools with signs and take their kids back. They couldn’t possibly do a worse job of educating them. It’s the one thing that can be done today — literally — to salavage the potential of millions of young lives.

Parents are the answer, should they choose to take ownership of their…

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Losing or Making Great Again?

Before trying to  "make America great," it would be wise to ask what sort of America we wish to be - a question raised by William Graham  Sumner. Many of today's ideas are old nonsense, cribbed from mercantilists and crony capitalists, not from the great liberal ideas which define the best of American thoughts. If… Continue reading Losing or Making Great Again?

Who Cares About Conspiracies?

I spend little time studying and talking about conspiracy theories. Why? Three main reasons. First, who cares? For your knowledge about a given conspiracy to have any use, it isn't enough for the theory to be true; you'll need to convince the very people who are already in on it. So, what are you going… Continue reading Who Cares About Conspiracies?

Change Change Change

A popular song released in 1964 captured the spirit of the times: Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no telling who that it's naming For the loser now will… Continue reading Change Change Change