School for anarchists

A Reading Note

On teaching anarchy:

There is no such thing as a school for anarchists, and yet, in some sense, every teacher must teach anarchism, must teach the students to question rules and regulations, to seek explanations in dogma, to confront impositions without bending to prejudice, to demand authority from those in power, to find a place from which to speak their own ideas, even if this means opposing, and ultimately doing away with, the teacher herself.

Manguel, A Reader on Reading, page 161

You could frame this more expansively by saying that a teacher must teach her own obsolescence. You learn what you can from a teacher, then you learn to argue with her, then you become a teacher yourself.

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