Barnard, H. C., History of English Education, UL Press, 1961.

Cullen, S., Children In Society, A Lib Critique, Freed’m Press, 1991.

Freire, P., Pedagogy of The Oppressed, Penquin Books, 1972.

Gardner, P., Lost Elementary Schools, Croom Helm, 1984.

Gilbert, F., I’m A Teacher, Get Me Out, Short Books, 2004.

Goodman, P., Growing Up Absurd, Vantage, 1960.

Goodman, P., Compulsory Mis-Education, Penquin, 1971.

Hefferman, M., A Bigger Prize, Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Holt, J., The Underachieving School, Pelican Books, 1970.

Illich, I., Deschooling Society, Penguin Books, 1970.

Miller, A., For Your Own Good, Virago Press, 1987.

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Robinson, K., Out of Our Minds, Capstone Publishing Ltd, 2011.

A Few Brief Quotes

“A system of national education cannot fail to become the mirror and tool of government.”  William Godwin (1756-1836)

“Under the impact of intense urbanization, children became a natural resource to be moulded by the schools and fed into the industrial machine.”  Illich, Deschooling Society, Page 17.

"Obligatory schooling inevitably polarizes a society;  it also grades the nations of the world according to an international caste system.........Neither learning nor justice is promoted by schooling because educators insist on packaging instruction with certification."  Illich, Deschooling Society, Page19.

“Nothing can be efficiently learned or, indeed, learned at all - other than through parroting or brute training when acquired knowledge is promptly forgotten after the examination - unless it meets need, desire, curiosity or fantasy.”  P Goodman (1911-72)

“Both in the US and the UK, kids learn earlier and earlier that education is a high-stakes game: win and your life is assured: fail and you will never recover.  Winning means getting into the right school, sitting the right exams, getting the right marks, making the right friends.  These are lessons children pick up early and often and mostly from their parents.”  Hefferman, A Bigger Prize, Pa 38.

“I’m glad I did not go to school to be flogged into following the style of a fool.”  William Blake (1757-1827)

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