John and John on liberal psychology

Locke and Mill, that is.

johnlockeLocke on freedom of choice for students: “great care is to be taken, that [education] be never made as a business to him, nor he look on it as a task. We naturally, as I said, even from our cradles, love liberty, and have therefore an aversion to many things, for no other reason, but because they are enjoin’d us. I have always had a fancy, that learning might be made a play and recreation to children; and that they might be brought to desire to be taught, if it were proposed to them as a thing of honour, credit, delight, and recreation …” (Some Thoughts concerning Education, Section 148)

millAnd now Mill on freedom of movement: “Many a person remains in the same town, street, or house from January to December, without a wish or thought tending towards removal, who, if confined to that same place by the mandate of authority, would find the imprisonment absolutely intolerable.” (Principles of Political Economy, p. 213)

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  • April 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm
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    Locke’s vision has been fulfilled via the Montessori Academy and Mill’s statement is (ironic) hilarious because it is so true.

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