30 years ago
Compulsory education cannot be scrapped overnight and, indeed, if only on grounds of something akin to public hygiene, the three Rs will be compulsory for a long time to come. "Free education", or deschooling in the sense of deinstitutionalising schools so that they can relate in a new way to society, can come only at the end of a long process of social and educational reconstruction . . .
Apart altogether from its present financial difficulties, our system of public education, like that of other industrial countries, is in deep trouble. This crisis shows itself in many ways; but it is a nettle which can and must be grasped.