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History of compulsory schooling

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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2007

This ultra short documentary explains the history of compulsory schooling and advocates choice in education.

It starts 200 years back with Prussian absolutism. There, under the regime of a dictatorship, compulsory schooling was invented and implemented on a massive scale.

It continues to show how educators such as Maria Montessori, Célestin Freinet, Peter Petersen and Rudolf Steiner had a hard time challenging their governments ideas on education.

I made this micromentary to rise awareness about the true origins of our school system. It is also a call for action, to liberate ourselves from this outdated and harmful institution. Our society is changing ever faster, we no longer need a bureaucratic school system. We need learning environments that are way more open and flexible. We need choice in education.

Let me know if you like it, and if so help us spread the word!

PS At motionbox you can find the video with the music totally in sync: http://www.motionbox.com/video/player...

PPS The music is 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. I didn't know at first but it appears that there could be no more suitable piece of music to go with the content of the video: it was written in Nazi Germany during the war.

Someone was so kind to translate this text in Portugese:

"Este curto documentário explica a história da escolaridade obrigatória e advoga a liberdade de escolha na educação. A escolaridade obrigatória começou há 200 anos atrás com o regime absoluto Prussiano. Ai, sob uma ditadura, a escolaridade obrigatória foi inventada e implementada em escala maciça. Educadores tais como a Maria Montessori, o Célestin Freinet, o Peter Petersen e Rudolf Steiner desafiaram as idéias dos governos sobre a instrução.

Eu fiz este video para a tomada de consciência das pessoas sobre as verdadeiras origens do nosso sistema escolar. É também uma chamada para a acção, para a liberação desta instituição decadente e prejudicial. A nossa sociedade está a mudar cada vez mais rapidamente, e já não precisamos de um sistema escolar burocrático. Precisamos de ambientes mais abertos e flexíveis e de escolha no processo da aprendizagem. "

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