I’ve not been this excited since I saw my academic heroes Chomsky and Finkelstein. I picked up some A.S. Neill books in 2003 that changed my life and led to my looking at other sources on education. Later I found John’s lectures online and have listened to at least 10-20 of them several times each. I’m so glad he’s visiting and Scotland is in for a real treat. He is a great thinker and a great moral actor. He left the education system as he no longer wanted to hurt children and has since spent his time learning and teaching about the history of schooling in America (which has similar roots in Europe and Scotland). For more information see his website, wikipedia page, check out previous entries in this blog or listen to the lecture below.
Scotland’s national home education support organisation Schoolhouse has announced it is to host a major conference in Arbroath, Angus, on Friday 12 September to mark International Freedom in Education Day 2008. More on the Learning Without Limits Conference.