Some people find the system of fining people at the Meeting in Summerhill problematic. In this post I describe how a typical meeting case might go and discuss what kind of punishment the fine might really be.
Writing school policies is not easy and for democratic schools it is even more complicated. You cannot just take a policy statement off the shelf and use it without thinking clearly what it implies for the staff and the inspectors who will use it to understand your practice.
This is a short post to fill in as I am sick and am only up to looking at pictures: old Summerhill pictures. They are cool.
What kind of democracy do you get in a democratic school like Summerhill? It is not political democracy- representative democracy as we know it at regional and national level. It is something else entirely, but it is not immediately clear what it is.
We need more democratic meetings. Here is a way of setting up a meeting similar to the Summerhill Meeting. It can be used at work, in clubs, societies, and committees. The more democratic we are the better, in my opinion.
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.
Teaching at Summerhill is no big secret. It should be the most natural thing in the world. But here is a list of ten ideas that can help to keep you on track as a Summerhill teacher.
Democratic schools are not famous for their sports and this is a great achievement in the advancement of civilization… in my opinion.
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…
The Cat’s Backbone Strong and flexible: the opposite of rigour. Rigour is a word that pops up all the time in political talk about education. I can’t hear it without thinking of rigor mortis, Death’s icy hand on children. The Cat’s Backbone Core Curriculum is not at all rigorous, realising that if the tabby jumps…