Saturday Summerhill Take Away: The Party

Party Time! Today I am going to describe how parties at Summerhill help the democratic community to work. If you are starting a democratic school or democratising an exisiting school, you want to give as much attention to the festive cycle of the year as to the academic cycle. I described before how the “book…

Saturday Summerhill Take Away: Get Those Lazy Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

Do you think young people should be involved in cooking and cleaning? Do you think they should be included in all of the activities in a household or a school? Is Summerhill different from other schools just because it is a democratic school and does that imply that children should be more involved with the day-to-day maintenance of the place? How do you prepare young people for adulthood?

Thursday Thoughts: Ombudsmen or Prefects

Ombudsman or Prefect. “An ombudsman? So that’s a bit like a prefect then, isn’t it?” says John who has been to a posh public school. “Sure, they are elected at Summerhill but it’s basically the same idea. You take the older and more responsible kids and give them some authority so that they can do…

Schools With No Trees

The school I can see from the window of Carmen’s apartment in Avilés has no trees.  There used to be a row of them around the playground but they were taken down.  If you look at the image you can see where they were: that concrete strip in the front.  I can’t think why they…