Discussion on Utopias - Education

A panel of thinkers responses to questions about their utopian society, in this case what the education system would be like.

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How would education take place?

FULLER: Individually, when possible. Television would be used on a large scale. Children would begin learning when they were ready to learn and be treated at all times as intelligent beings who need to explore and discover. They would be taught how the world works 1st hand. And their education would be comprehensive, not specialistic. The large school buildings that obsess today's society would be obsolete.

HALL: Equal opportunity for all. Gifted ones then directed to specialized training for the benefit of society.

JOHNSTON: By imitation (as usual).

LENNON: Slowly.

SPOCK: In a great variety of wildly experimental schools and colleges run by students, faculty, and in the case of elementary schools, by parents.

WALLACE: Everyone would attend free schools for 16 years. Everyone would be educated and then trained in something that interests him. Teaching would be one of the best paying professions.

WALLECHINSKY: All voluntary. Schools would be run by teachers, students and parents. Most instruction would take place outside of classrooms and campuses. Sex education would begin with practical experience in which older women teach young boys and older men teach young girls.

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