The Origins and Ideals of the Modern School

By Francisco Ferrer (1913)

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(1859 - 1909)

Father of Anarchist Schooling and Martyred Leader of Spanish Freethought

: The growth of the Escuela Moderna and the wide distribution of its booklets infuriated the clergy. But for years there was little they could do beyond denouncing the school and pouring vituperation on Ferrer's personal life. (From: Murray Bookchin Bio.)
• "Hence in the Modern School there will be no rewards and no punishments; there will be no examinations to puff up some children withe the flattering title of excellent, to give others the vulgar title of 'good', and make others unhappy with a consciousness of incapacity and failure." (From: "The Origin and Ideals of the Modern School," by F....)
• "Those imaginary products of the mind, a priori ideas, and all the absurd and fantastical fictions hitherto regarded as truth and imposed its directive principles of human conduct have for some time past incurred the condemnation of reason and the resentment of conscience. The sun no longer merely touches the tips of the mountains; it floods the valleys, and we enjoy the light of noon." (From: "The Origin and Ideals of the Modern School," by F....)
• "Our teaching has nothing to do with politics. It is our work to form individuals in the full possession of all their faculties while politics would subject their faculties to other men." (From: "The Origin and Ideals of the Modern School," by F....)

(1867 - 1955)

Joseph Martin McCabe (12 November 1867 – 10 January 1955) was an English writer and speaker on freethought, after having been a Roman Catholic priest earlier in his life. He was "one of the great mouthpieces of freethought in England". Becoming a critic of the Catholic Church, McCabe joined groups such as the Rationalist Association and the National Secular Society. He criticized Christianity from a rationalist perspective, but also was involved in the South Place Ethical Society which grew out of dissenting Protestantism and was a precursor of modern secular humanism. (From:


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Posted By : holdoffhunger

Original Post Date : February 05, 2017; 19:24:37

My heart is with you Ferrer, always. From the moments when I was a isolated and alienated child in kidnergarten to the moments I was an Anarchist fighting to abolish the state while behind prison bars. You are an infinite source of inspiration.

Posted By : marcello.silva

Original Post Date : December 02, 2018; 18:32:50

As I grow older I feel more deeply attached to the idea that only libertarian education will redeeem human race. It is very sad to see the obscurity of our times spread around the globe with fascism recludescence and everything. The idiots are wininig, they are too many! Pero, uno dia no mas pasarán!


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