government’s mistakes are not due to bad governors but rather to the existence of governors. The real choice is not
which governor should rule society but rather whether society should be governed by a separate class of governors. The first step in governing ourselves is educating ourselves.
School and education are separate words
with separate meanings. School is our society’s means of socialization, and therefore, it is a means of social control.
The police are another means of social control, and if you look around, you’ll find police at school. Some people will
have you think that we need more schools, but I ask you: do you want more or less school? Think about it 7:35 to 2:40 everyday
since you were six years old. Every adult says they learned nothing in high school. Do you really learn to think in school?
Do you really gain a sense of responsibility in school? Do we mature because-of or in-spite-of school?
There is a historic, international resistance
to schools. Look it up on the internet: google: anarchist resistance to schools. Anarchists resist schools because they are
authoritarian not democratic, and Anarchists are anti-Authoritarian. Do you make the rules, decide what topics to study, and
how to learn them at school? Of course not, an authoritarian teacher does. You do what the teacher says or else the disciplinarian
comes after you. If you disobey the disciplinarian you are kicked out; and if you disobey the demand to return to school,
then you have to deal with the police. This is social control. Students have demanded changes in schooling before. Google:
Soweto riots. Students have walked out against curriculum, discipline, lack of freedoms, discrimination, wars, draft….
The point is that you have the right to
be free. To be free in this sense is to not be controlled or coerced. Along with the “right” of freedom comes
responsibility that only the mature will be able to handle: in order to be free to do, to learn, and to be as you want, then
you must be accountable for your own actions, which requires self-management. We as individuals, groups, families, communities,
neighborhoods, have the capacity to manage our own affairs. Realizing this ideal of self-management requires responsibility
and mutual aid.
To demand freedom from school requires that you take responsibility for your own education.
Take the chance, dance towards freedom
and liberation. Demand the right to be free in every sphere of life. Take responsibility for yourself, your neighbor, and
the future. Should the teacher have a right to silence you? Should the military be lying to your peers in your cafeteria?
Coercion takes many forms. You can be physically
coerced into something. (e.g. rape) Or you could be coerced with the threat of punishment. Punishment could be a bad grade.
It could be the denial of privileges, such as limiting freedom of movement. The education system teams up with the economy
for the most motivating coercion: less job opportunities will be available to you if you do not obey. Also, certain knowledge
will be less accessible to you without obeying.
To create a non-coercive society is a large
task. It depends, in part, on people believing that humans can in fact relate as equals without coercion. It requires us practicing
egalitarian relationships. If requires finding ways to fill the needs for education and an economic livelihood outside of
coercive systems. All this encourages you to get a few friends together take an idea and throw it against the wall and see
if it sticks.
Let this age of inclusive, empowered, self-management
permeate through all spheres of life from the classrooms to the keg parties to the jam sessions, to the sports arenas, to
all the hobbies of high schoolers…