LA News Release, "Voting With Their Feet: Rise in Truancy Welcomed" (July 2006)
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Saturday 29th July 2006
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb (Director, The Libertarian Alliance), firstname.lastname@example.org
"VOTING WITH THEIR FEET: RISE IN TRUANCY TO BE WELCOMED", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK
The Libertarian Alliance, Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today welcomes the rise in truancy rates announced in a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
According to Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb:
"State schooling is an instrument of ruling class control. It is a means by which ideologies of obedience are imposed on the young.
"State schools have always encouraged intellectual passivity and trust in the authorities. In the past generation, they have begun also to celebrate illiteracy, innumeracy and a general ignorance of the world. Add to this endemic bullying and temptations to unwise experimenting with sex and recreational drugs, and we have in state schooling a comprehensive absence of what used to be meant by education.
"Rising truancy levels are to be welcomed. They show that increasing numbers of the young are withdrawing from the process of mass brainwashing. The young may not yet be expressing positive discontent with the corporatist police state New Labour and the Conservatives have made for us. But they are beginning to vote with their feet.
"While the Libertarian Alliance does not encourage breaches of the criminal law, even if the law happens to be pointless or malevolent, we do look forward to a time when state schooling will be as dead an institution as the workhouse and the debtor's prison."
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
* That all state funding and control of education should be abolished;
* That all compulsory attendance laws should be repealed;
* That the assets of all the various education authorities should be sold at once, and all their archives destroyed.
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