Is Summerhill an African idea? My flatmates in Edinburgh certainly thought so. They didn’t think it could work in the UK, but it was just the way they had grown up.
Qualities of Teachers : Personality of Teachers and Schools Clara was an experienced but frustrated state school Science teacher and very much wanted to find a better situation for herself. One Friday evening, over drinks, a friend told her about Summerhill. The philosophy interested her and she bought the book, Summerhill, and then visited…
Egomaniac! I wrote the word down several times when I was thinking about qualities of teachers in democratic schools. The worst people you can have involved in your school project are people whose heads are so big they get stuck in the door as they try to leave the building. Now this little post is…
Equality in a community can be hard for teachers and other adults to accept and understand. What does it mean? You might need some training.
Qualities of Teachers- Understanding Qualities of teachers are important: understanding is one of these qualities. This is as true in the local comprehensive as it is at Summerhill. However, when a school has a unique philosophy the teacher must make an extra effort to understand. This is the first of a series on qualities of…
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.