A Democratic School Critic

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,…

Anarchy

Anarchy Rules… um… OK? Democratic schools flirt with anarchism. Anywhere you have a small democratic community that turns its face away from Socialist central planning on the one side and Capitalist manipulation of the market on the other, anarchy is bound to be mentioned. Anarchists look at Summerhill in confusion. “Why didn’t Neill come right out…

Elections in Spain

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,…