The second of three posts on the reduced curriculum. Here we look at the phenomenon of bloating in the curriculum: how to avoid it. Create a better curriculum in a free school.
The first in a series of posts about the Reduced Curriculum to help subscribers to Summerhill Democratics think about this important issue in setting up a free school.
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,…
“Boring!” What do you do when the kids are bored? Do you change your tack and do something more interesting, something more relevant? Do you pep things up and make it all a bit more exciting? In this post I want to talk about the Summerhill approach to boredom, because it frequently surprises and challenges…
I was talking to a retired biology professor from the United States on the Camino de Santiago. Brian grew up in New Jersey as a scavenger kid hunting muskrats on the mudflats. He’d take them across the bridge into Manhattan and sell the pelts to the Jewish furriers, making money for himself even as…
Catalunya is the home of radical thinking. Walking around St Pol and talking education this past week has led me to think about the influence of the past on the present, the differences between the worlds we face and the worlds of Neill and Francisco Ferrer and what the challenges are for the future.
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.
Guest post by Robert Alcock of Abrazo House that describes the difficulties of setting up a Democratic School. The first of a series.
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.