The Idiot Guide to Sanity presents an outline for a sane and holistic, consciousness-based education. The author’s educational approach starts from what is, not from what should be, not from an ideal, thus, but from the actual constitution of the human being, with all the complexity inherent in it. He contends that children are born sane and are rendered more or less insane by an educational system that till now considers the human being as the impossible human, that is, a creature that is basically faulty and has to be improved and upgraded by education, and morality. The present view opposes this patriarchal educational paradigm and shows that traditional education brings about fragmentation, ignorance and widespread violence.
The author shows in this guide that a sane educational approach is functional, and not moralistic, and it must overcome the neo-platonic dualism that is rooted in the death instinct, rather than in our libido. As the child is whole by nature, education does not really need to do anything for raising healthy humans. It should rather restrain from doing many things it usually does and that are counter-productive to raising children sanely. The sane educator is one who is able to maintain a healthy balance between emotions and intellect. He will be an observer rather than a manager, a witness rather than a judge, a friend rather than a parent replacement. He accompanies the child, as a guide, a tutor.
The guide demonstrates that the vibrant natural child assumes characteristics that are rather contrary to what is generally considered to be normal in our days. This must be so because the standards set for the education of our children are not child-oriented but industry-oriented. They serve consumer culture first of all, and the child, if ever, only in second instance; they are intended to serve technological progress and therefore are forged to bringing about the consumer child, not the sane child.
Loving education as outlined in this guide refuses to condition the child according to social ideals because they mutilate the natural integrity and wholeness of the child.
The audience for this guide are all those involved in educating children, as well as educational policy makers, also parents, educational associations, politicians, pediatricians and child psychologists, and also the lay public, especially those who are looking for a new way to educate children now and in the future.
In addition to the educational theory exposed in this guide, the author coined a special form of consulting that he termed Pedoemotions Consulting (PEC) and which trains the trainers, in that it addresses teachers to handle their pedoemotions, their natural temporary, transient or resilient sexual attractions to some of the children they care for.
These emotions have to be taken serious, they must not be repressed, because this would turn them into sadistic drives, and they have to be talked about and rendered conscious. Then, educators are really at ease with children in their care because what has been silenced can be voiced, and such a liberated condition will have a very beneficial effect upon trustbuilding both between teachers and students and between parents and teachers.