Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Basic German Shepherd 

Erin O'Connor is wondering: "Are there private high schools in this country that explicitly operate according to a libertarian ethos?" This right after she posts this quote from William Godwin:

All education is despotism. It is perhaps impossible for the young to be conducted without introducing in many cases the tyranny implicit in obedience. Go there; do that; read; write; rise; lie down; will perhaps for ever be the language addressed to youth by age.

I recall reading someone referring to parenting a one-year-old as "basic German Shepherd", as in "stay", "sit" and "be quiet".