“It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed, it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.
It’s absurd and anti-life to move from cell to cell at the sound of a gong for every day of your natural youth in an institution that allows you no privacy and even follows you into the sanctuary of your own home, demanding that you do it’s ‘homework’.
When children are given whole lives in stead of age-graded ones in cellblocks they learn to read, write, and do arithmetic with ease, if those things makes sense in the kind of life that unfolds around them.”
Dumbing Us Down: The hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling by John Taylor Gatto