If you have a Kindle or any Mac device, you can now purchase Escape from Childhood through Amazon! Take a minute – go ahead – and buy it.
Done? Excellent! And if you don’t own a Kindle or any Mac device, have no fear. EFC will be available before summer on all other e-formats as well.
Now that we’ve taken care of that I’ll keep this short so you can go read. In fact I’m going to close with one final quote, taken from the section titled “The Right to Control One’s Learning” (You’re going to read this of course; consider this a ‘teaser’):
“Young people should have the right to control and direct their own learning… No human right, except the right to life itself, is more fundamental than this. A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take from someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought. We say, in effect, you must think not about what interests and concerns you, but about what interests and concerns us.
The requirement that a child go to school for about 6 hours a day, 180 days a year, for about 10 years, whether or not he learns anything there, whether or not he already knows it or could learn it faster or better somewhere else, is such a gross violation of civil liberties that few adults would stand for it. But the child who resists is treated as a criminal.”
Read the book. Share it. Buy and email copies to your friends. Send it to people who agree with you, and people who don’t.
It’s that important.
Quotes from Escape From Childhood copyright 2013 by HoltGWS LLC are used with permission.