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It should be obvious now that I thoroughly despise the conventional education system and it's effects on human behaviour and the whole of Western society. See here and here for more information. I have made my moral objections to public education systems very clear, but I must admit that I'm struggling to think of how an alternative in line with my values would work, and the purpose of this thread is to bring together some ideas for an alternative education system that could be applied across all of Western society. It would have to encompass the following: * Respect for individuality * Equality * Two-way respect as opposed to students being forced to feed some asshat's superiority complex * A focus on learning rather than on mindless, unnecessary conformity that is ultimately harmful to society * Justification for the existence of any and all rules * Respect for the rights to free speech and self expression * Teachers would act as guides, rather than tyrants. * Unreasonably aggressive teachers would be given one warning then fired without notice * Far less of a focus on rote memory If you feel we are on the same track, feel free to elaborate on any of the above or suggest your own. I want ideas on how a comprehensive education system could be structured around these values from infancy to sixteen/eighteen. Additionally, ideas on how society as a whole could change to accommodate your/our hypothetical education system are welcome. I am completely open to any ideas you may have on this subject. Don't worry, I am under no illusions that anything like this would ever become mainstream, at least not in my lifetime. I'm just interested to see what we can come up with. I am open to debate about my views, but I would appreciate it if you kept it to this thread rather than derailing this one. Thanks.