Sex education at Queens College was perhaps more useless than the norm, but it gave me a good nose for the smell of moral hogwash. There is a lot of that swilling around in sex education generally.
Guest post by Robert Alcock of Abrazo House that describes the difficulties of setting up a Democratic School. The first of a series.
Sex gets people going and there is nothing like the thought of our little darlings losing their innocence to have the steam coming out of journalists’ ears. Calm down, say I, and have a think about what growing up might mean.
The Lord of the Flies desscribes how little boys turn into little savages without the guiding hand of adult authority. It is the opposite of Neill. What about girls?
Starting out can can be difficult. To avoid going around in circles, here are some suggestions for practical steps you can take to get you out of the wilderness. Once you start moving you will find the territory changes and you will able to see your direction more clearly.
Democratic schools are not famous for their sports and this is a great achievement in the advancement of civilization… in my opinion.
Perfectionism or muddling through? When is a compass-bearing enough? Don’t let a dodgy washer derail your project.
What is Natural? Fatso is the cat in my village. Right now he is at the window miaowing to get in. He is a useless Tomcat who gets beaten up by the more aggressive Toms in the village but has a winning whine that gets him attention from human carers. When I look at Fatso I…
I am going to tell a story. And I am going to tell you the moral of the story first: keep it simple. It should inspire you when you are battling out with your management team what your school is really about. Jon Steel has sat through an elaborate presentation of all the many wonderful…
8 Ways to Kick into Gear There is a difference between thinking up a good idea and getting down to work with it. We know this at Summerhill Democratics because we are human like everyone else: we can trip up on the same roadblocks that stop other people advancing with their projects. In this post…