Touch is problematic in most schools. Summerhill is different. Sometimes it seems like a troop of monkeys, but there are safeguards to ensure that touch does not become something it shouldn’t. In this post I ask if something can be learnt from the way things are done at Summerhill.
Do you know what is good for children? You are wrong! I have heard people say things like, “children love structure” or “routine is good for children” or, on the other side, “children need to be left alone” and “freedom is the best tonic for children.” I don’t believe any of this because I don’t…
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.
Democratic schools are not famous for their sports and this is a great achievement in the advancement of civilization… in my opinion.