This book, first published in 1989, relates a theory of liberty to the practice of education, and reveals the implications of beliefs about freedom for our schools and classrooms. The author makes a reasoned plea for society to have more respect for children and not treat them as an inferior sub-species. The central argument of this book is for greater education in democracy, and greater democracy in education. This title will be of interest to students of the philosophy of education.

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Consent and the restriction of freedom

chapter 3|10 pages

Freedom and democracy

chapter 4|10 pages

The right to liberty

chapter 5|19 pages

Children's rights to liberty

chapter 6|14 pages


chapter 7|8 pages

Paternalism towards children

chapter 9|14 pages

Freedom in schools

chapter 10|16 pages

Liberty, democracy and education