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Libertarian education: marginal experiment or instrument of social change?
April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
This fourth free event by Applied History Network (https: //appliedhistorynetwork.wordpress.com/) will focus on ‘libertarian education’, which is based on principles such as non-hierarchical relationships, mutual-aid and personal responsibility. In the last century, these values inspired the foundation of radical/democratic schools and (anti)universities. They challenged the role of mainstream schools as ‘reproducers of authoritarian social structures’ and universities as ‘selectors of the ruling class’.
Recently, while the British education system has become increasingly subdued by free-market logic and bureaucratic procedures, parents and students have started expressing a growing interest in libertarian educational experiences. However, these still remain mostly marginal. What are the historical reasons for this? Is libertarian education possible within a neoliberal society after all? Can it help transform the status quo?
Judith Suissa – Reader in philosophy of education at Institute of Education UCL, London
Ian Cunningham – Chair of governors at Self Managed Learning College, Brighton
Jenny Aster – Former pupil at White Lion Street Free School, London
Alex Brown – Co-organiser for Antiuniversity Now!
Attendance is free, but booking (here: http://tinyurl.com/ho9abgu) is essential.
This event is supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre