Friday, January 05, 2007

Via Bishop Hill, this rather lovely quote from John Stuart Mill's On Liberty (chapter 5).
A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation, in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.

Our ecclesiastical friend mourns the fact that "state education is, and is likely to remain, the declared policy of all major UK political parties." Whilst admittedly not one of the "big three", may I point out that UKIP's education policy does at least go some way to removing the dead hand of the state through privatisation of schools and funded through a voucher scheme. Just sayin', is all...

1 comment:

chris said...

In that chapter Mill goes on to say:

"If the government would make up its mind to require for every child a good education, it might save itself the trouble of providing one. It might leave to parents to obtain the education where and how they pleased, and content itself with helping to pay the school fees of the poorer classes of children, and defraying the entire school expenses of those who have no one else to pay for them."

To me you can hardly get a more explicit endorsement of education vouchers.