Taking Children Seriously
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Taking Children Seriously (T.C.S.) is a parenting movement and educational philosophy whose central idea is that it is possible and desirable to raise and educate children without either doing anything to them against their will or making them do anything against their will.
T.C.S. begins with the observation that most traditional interactions between adults and youth are based on coercion. The T.C.S. model of parenting and education rejects this coercion as infringing on the will of the child, and also rejects parental or educator "self-sacrifice" as infringing on the will of the adult. T.C.S. advocates that parents and children work to find a common preference, a solution all parties genuinely prefer to all other candidate solutions they can think of.
The T.C.S. philosophy was inspired by the epistemology of Karl Popper. Popper was a professional educator himself before he started work in philosophy. In fact, philosophy was only a second option for him at that time, to be able to emigrate to escape the imminent Anschluss. He was active in the Wiener Schulreform (Vienna school reform) movement, and there are connections between the psychology of learning, on which he did his doctoral thesis, and his philosophy. However, as a philosopher, he did not advocate any concrete pedagogy, although he had some general views on the issue. T.C.S. views Popper's epistemology, as did Popper, as a universal theory of how knowledge grows, and tries to work out its profound implications for educational theory.
- "Origins of TCS."
- "Taking Children Seriously common preferences and non-coercion."
- Karl R. Popper (1925) "Über die Stellung des Lehrers zu Schule und Schüler," Schulreform 4(4): 204–208.
- Popper, K. R. (1927) "Zur Philosophie des Heimatgedankens," Die Quelle 77(10): 899–908.
- Popper, K. R. (1928) Zur Methodenfrage der Denkpsychologie. Wien (unpublished dissertation).
- William W. Bartley (1970) "Die österreichische Schulreform als die Wiege der modernen Philosophie" in Gerhard Szcesny, ed., Club Voltaire IV. Hamburg: 360. ISBN 3-499-65086-X.
- Champion, Rafe (1987) "Popper on Education."
- Fortune-Wood, Jan (2001). Bound to be Free: A Positive Alternative to Paying the Hidden Costs of Free Education. Educational Heretics Press. p. 110. ISBN 1-900219-20-4.
- Taking Children Seriously Website
- Fallible Living TCS Essays
- "Brain Child Mag Homepage". Brain, Child Magazine. 4 (1): Winter 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-11. Reprinted in the Utne Reader
- Taking Children Seriously (TCS) and Anarchy by (I)An-ok in Green Anarchy #10 pp. 20–1. Fall 2002. Internet archive
- "Pedagogy > Taking Children Seriously". K12 Academics. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 11 November 2008.