Have you ever been in the situation where someone has tried to tell you that your project will never get off the ground because science, technology, research and policy are all against it? Have you ever been told what is inevitable? You may be a witness to the Borg Complex, a peculiarly modern pathology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfectionism or muddling through? When is a compass-bearing enough? Don’t let a dodgy washer derail your project.
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…
Broad Definitions of the Curriculum Democratic Education has a bad reputation for chucking out the whole curriculum. It is time to get over this. The option is to forever be at the mercy of charismatics leading children up the garden path. I’d like to start by proposing three principles. Let’s make a curriculum appropriate to…
Roy was exasperated. He was trying to engage kids in his classroom and had a timetable so that they could come for scheduled lessons, but another adult had taken over the Café- an open access space with colourful furnishings, bean bags and free coffee. He found that the kids were more drawn to the social…