The Political Dimension of Free and Home Schooling

Stefan Blankertz


During the 1960s and onwards, the idea of free or alternative education was strongly associated with the politics of the New Left. In contrast to the Old Left, the New Left stressed autonomy of the individual and the expression of individual creativity next to the formation of a collective which was thought of as a grass-roots process. Being a revolt of the young, the focus of the New Left was often resistance to public schooling and universities. The vast and authoritarian structures of public education were seen as the death of individuality and self-regulated participatory democracy. The answer of the New Left was to set up self-organized educational institutions...


Educational alternatives; progressive education; alternative education; difference; educational theory; educational philosophy; home education; education policy

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