Bertrand Russell on Political Ideals

The state is justified in insisting that children shall be educated, but it is not justified in forcing their education to proceed on a uniform plan and to be directed to the production of a dead level of glib uniformity. Education, and the life of the mind generally, is a matter in which individual initiative is the chief thing needed; the function of the state should begin and end with insistence on some kind of education, and, if possible, a kind which promotes mental individualism, not a kind which happens to conform to the prejudices of government officials.

—Bertrand Russell

Russell, Bertrand. Political Ideals. Project Gutenberg, 1917. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

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