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Raising a Glass of Rousseau: On Educating the Diligent Reader

This essay was written on the classic text by Jean Jacques Rousseau – “Emile or On Education”. This seems to be the origin of a lot of the arguments for self-directed learning and also the source of their confusion. Rousseau posits a concept called well regulated freedom, which is actually a highly controlled kind of freedom.  He makes references to the difficulty of the distinction when he refers to a confusion between ‘license and liberty’ (p.80).  In believe that in his view, liberty will lead to happy children, whereas license will lead to spoiling.

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