Social media reveals a lamentable lack of intelligence in our political discussions. Here I argue that politics is not all about image, that leaders should not be given the visibility of pop stars and that people are intelligent enough to have their own opinions.
Equality is at the heart of Summerhill. If you have difficulties with the Summerhill idea, it is possible that you are struggling with equality. Here I want to explain the way equality works in the school.
Geoff is an authoritarian. He believes there are bad people in the world and the police are there to protect us from them. He believes the royal family is an essential bulwark of authority and stability in the world. He believes nationalism is an atavistic tribal urge that will never be replaced by internationalism.
Are you stuck in your projects? What are the stages of reality in project work? An imbalance of meditation over action is just as unsatisfactory as a bull-like determination to do, do, do with no reflection. This post looks at how your dreaming can work itself into reality.
Why is international work so important? Why should we resist the temptation to be bound by our national cultures? In this post I reflect on the lost internationalism of Jimmy and Nellie Dick and propose that, in an age of threatening xenophobia, making international contacts is really the only way to go.
Summerhill Democratics is not a faceless organization. We want to know who you are talking to and what we are about. In the first of a series of posts, we introduce ourselves to you. If you want to know more, write!
A look at the way that changes can be made to happen in the fossilised world of education. What can we do to move things forward?
Working Within the System “Democratic schools are just groups of privileged kids playing at equality,” says Ted. “That’s not really democracy. You can’t learn about good governance by shutting yourself away from the world.” “What do you mean?” I ask. “What’s wrong with giving children choices?” Children Born Into a World of Choices “Ha,…
Anarchy Rules… um… OK? Democratic schools flirt with anarchism. Anywhere you have a small democratic community that turns its face away from Socialist central planning on the one side and Capitalist manipulation of the market on the other, anarchy is bound to be mentioned. Anarchists look at Summerhill in confusion. “Why didn’t Neill come right out…
Giving Choices: the Invisible Teacher It doesn’t matter how nice you are, how exciting you are, or how well-meaning you are, if your basic instinct is to reduce choices you shouldn’t be working in a democratic school. This is a tricky issue. You might be a real believer, for example, convinced that you have the…