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.
Are you secretly religious? Think about what it might mean not to have Free Will. In this post I suggest that in the world of tomorrow the only schools that will be left when all the moralistic claptrap is thrown out will be democratic schools.
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.
Democratic meetings are an essential part of of democratic societies… But it seems like people do not know how to run them, behave in them and make decisions in them. This should change.
Today there are elections in Spain. There have been some shameful incidents in the run-up. In Pontevedra a young thug thumped the president, Mariano Rajoy, in the face. This came shortly after Sánchez, the Socialist candidate, descended to such a low level of crude name-calling in what was supposed to be a debate on television,…
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.
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?
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.
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.