Jason and Leonard are the co-founders of Summerhill Democratics and worked at Summerhill School for many years. If you want to know more, see our About pages on the website.
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 Meetings are the essential part of democratic schools.
We continue to discuss Democratic School Meetings and freedom, age ranges, and the reality that democratic meetings are not perfect.
Some people find the system of fining people at the Meeting in Summerhill problematic. This post describes how a typical meeting case might go and discusses what kind of punishment the fine might really be.
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.