Hi Anonymous.

The word "Coersive" is a highly charged word with extreme negative connotations. I take great umbrage in the way Peter uses it, and other words connected with slavery and imprisomnent when he talks about education.

It is a poisonous use of language which does nothing to add to sensible debate or thought.

Coersion (according to Wikipedia) "is the practice of forcing another party to behave in an involuntary manner (whether through action or inaction) by use of threats, intimidation, trickery, or some other form of pressure or force."

As I have argued repeatedly, neither teachers nor the school nor the state have any right to force children into schools, or to do anything in schools that they don't want to do.

"Coercion may involve the actual infliction of physical pain/injury or psychological harm in order to enhance the credibility of a threat. The threat of further harm may lead to the cooperation or obedience of the person being coerced. Torture is one of the most extreme examples of coercion. (i.e. Severe pain is inflicted on victims in order to extract the desired information from the tortured party.)"

I hope this explains why I think the the word coersion is the wrong word to use, as are many of Peter's other chosen poisonous terms.

Through them he propagates the notion that the teachers are complicit in this "evil" system

I have no objection to critical discourse, but I do object to such obnoxious use of value laden terminology, which wrongly equates schools with prisons and places of torture

Steve

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