Apologies for the patronising, it was not intentional.

I am not attacking the new ideas of "natural learning", so you have no need to defend it. I am, as I have said, very much in favour of a lot of Peter's ideas. I use a lot of what you might call self-directed learning in my lessons. So do many of my colleagues.

I see no need, however, to (falsely, in my experience) lambast state education in order to forward those ideas, "poisoning the well" (you probably already know about this concept if you are up on your ad hominems) with words like prison and forced and coersive.

And no, I am not a decent person, teaching has turned me into a bitter and hardened lackey of the state blah...