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The Most Basic Freedom Is Freedom to Quit

Freedom to quit is essential to peaceful societies, happy marriages, and satisfying employment. It could also turn schools into places where children learn joyfully.

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Some Schools Now Track Students Like Prisoners

The opening of schools in San Antonio this fall brought a flurry of news reports about the new ID badges with RF chips, which allow school officials to monitor students’ movements. But does such tracking make schools any more prison-like than they already are?

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Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

Let's speak honestly, without euphemisms. Compulsory education means forced education, and forced education means that schools are prisons. The question worth debating is this: Is forced education a good thing or a bad thing? Most people seem to believe that it is, all in all, a good thing; but I think that it is, all in all, a bad thing. I outline here some of the reasons why I think this, in a list of what I refer to as "seven sins" of our system of forced education.

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