The rule of 100: Scale and Democracy The school I went to was not democratic. It never could have been. It was too big. In this post I want to talk about the effect of scale on democracy. I want to talk about why this is important and what consequences it might have for your…
Egomaniac! I wrote the word down several times when I was thinking about qualities of teachers in democratic schools. The worst people you can have involved in your school project are people whose heads are so big they get stuck in the door as they try to leave the building. Now this little post is…
Qualities of Teachers is a series of posts about the qualities that democratic education teachers need to be successful. In this post we look at planning.
What should democratic schools expect from their teachers beyond the classroom. This short post considers the qualities of democratic school teachers outside the main area of their activity: teaching.
Equality in a community can be hard for teachers and other adults to accept and understand. What does it mean? You might need some training.
Qualities of Teachers- Understanding Qualities of teachers are important: understanding is one of these qualities. This is as true in the local comprehensive as it is at Summerhill. However, when a school has a unique philosophy the teacher must make an extra effort to understand. This is the first of a series on qualities of…
A new forum for the New Year
Here I talk about my own experiences as the English teacher at Summerhill School and what those experiences meant for my evolving awareness of what a reduced curriculum might be.
The second of three posts on the reduced curriculum. Here we look at the phenomenon of bloating in the curriculum: how to avoid it. Create a better curriculum in a free school.
Introduction to the reduced curriculum in Summerhill-style schools.