Here I talk about my own experiences as the English teacher at Summerhill School and what those experiences meant for my evolving awareness of what a reduced curriculum might be.
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.
Introduction to the reduced curriculum in Summerhill-style schools.
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.
Equality is at the heart of Summerhill. If you have difficulties with the Summerhill idea, it is possible that you are struggling with equality. Here I want to explain the way equality works in the school.
You want to know why we are asking for 15000 to set up this pilot summer camp. Here is an explanation of our rough financial calculations.
Summerhill Democratics is not a faceless organization. We want to know who you are talking to and what we are about. In the first of a series of posts, we introduce ourselves to you. If you want to know more, write!
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…
“The English have boarding schools because they do not love their children,” says José. “That just won’t work here.” I can’t really argue with him because there is a profound cultural chasm between us. I don’t find the closeness of his Mediterranean family heart-warming; I find it suffocating. Summerhill is a boarding school of another…