We discuss optional lessons, an essential part of the Democratic Free School engine. Also Reduced Curriculum and Freak Out subjects.
We discuss the Age Ranges in our school. Is there an essential Age Range? A Lynch pin?
Here we provide a concise description of what we would like to see in a simple Mission/Vision Statement. It is not definitive! We will come back and edit it as we go through this design process.
This week’s Design A School Podcast is about The Vision/ Mission Statement. What does that mean ? What makes a good Mission Statement/Vision.
In Design a School Week 2 We Blog and Podcast about Vision or Mission Statements Leonard I’m not comfortable with the word Vision or the Phrase Mission Statement. To me, a Vision is something you see in a state of heightened unawareness. Up there in the clouds. And then you fall backwards and babble, shake…
We have different motivations for designing a model school Leonard: Pointing To Thinking over the podcast it’s very obvious to me that I’m designing this school as a Demonstration Transitional Model. I want to invite people to follow along as we discuss all the critical aspects of the engine that is a…
Family and kinship are a part of our mammal nature. How do they relate to our choices in education? Is it right for the state to work against our primal instincts.
Big Little or In Between Here There and Everywhere We’ve been talking about democracy and scale … size of the school and the building and the finances and the student population and the number of staff and so on. Can a democratic free school environment work regardless of scale; how does scale change delivery? Are…
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.
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.