Sunday, 5 January 2014


2014, and a brave new world

Anne Applebaum –
Benito Mussolini … offered what is still the best definition of the term: Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. Strictly defined, a totalitarian regime is one which bans all institutions apart from those it has officially approved... In a totalitarian state there are no independent schools, no private businesses, no grassroots organisations and no critical thought. (p. xxiii)
It could never happen over here, as they used to say.

In 2014 Conductive Education in England, indeed any alternative education philosophy, along with its goals, methods and structures, has to walk a tightrope across an educational abyss.

Schools in England are back this week. Good luck in the New Year under the brave new legislation.

Good luck, everywhere.


Applebaum, A. (2013) Iron Curtain: the Crushing of Eastern Europe, London, Penguin

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Blogger Andrew Sutton said...

Chapter 1 of Anne Applebaum's book is available on line, in full:,,9780713998689,00.html

Monday, 6 January 2014 at 12:21:00 GMT  
Blogger Andrew Sutton said...

Totalitarian systems aspire towards their subjects' total agreement and expressed satisfaction. The English Department for Education currently reports –

'Parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) are happier than ever with the new support available and have much more control over the services they are receiving.”

A survey finding of 88 % is cited:

The Department of Education appears to be a great admirer of achievement in the Far East. I suspect that Kim Jong-un could achieve rather higher in the total- agreement rankings but we're getting there.

George Orwell might have been impressed.

Monday, 6 January 2014 at 12:23:00 GMT  

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