It is not clear Whether John as a young man really appreciated the concept of the severe regime his father followed, but it is a well known fact the Locke appreciated the mentioned concept as an adult: 'For, liberty and indulgence can do no good to children: their want of judgement makes them stand in need of restraint and discipline' [1, 62]. 'He that is not used to submit his will to the reason of others, when he is young, will scarcely hearken or submit to his own reason, when he is of an age to make use of it' (Aldrich 1994, p. 62).
There is not much information about Locke's early education nevertheless it is known that reading was his passion which he carried through his entire life. At Westminster Scholl in London he studied under the aegis of Dr Richard Busby, the man famous for his knowledge and his pitiless use of the birch-rod on the refractory students.
The ultimately arduous academic regime at Westminster school and later at Oxford, the severe birching due to the license that predominated over the students contributed to John Locke's essential repugnance to schools and correspondingly very strong predilection for domestic and private education.
It was even more confusing to Locke who had been brought up in a rigours Puritan and Parliamentarian surroundings, to discover that Richard Busby was a recognized Royalist, who did not