Benign Violence: Education in and Beyond the Age of Reason by Ansgar Allen

Stephen Griffin


Ansgar Allen’s book is a challenge to the reader. It compels us to see beyond the artifice of the modern face of Education to uncover the illusion of meritocracy and the claim that education is an “incontestable social good.”

Allen writes deliberately against the grain presenting his ideas as a series of reflections upon Education in its entirety. As such it is a sobering, uncomfortable and relentless read that causes us to examine our own relationships as pedagogues.



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

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