Krishnamurti and the Vegetarians

At the Krishnamurti school they eat good vegetarian food.  There is plenty of it and the parents are all satisfied.  I have spent long periods of my life as a vegetarian, have two daughters who have been vegetarians and have a lot of sympathy with the ecological and health merits of vegetarianism but Krishnamurti rubs…

Money for the House

What a little money can do…

What a little money can do… We set up Summerhill Democratics to help schools that want to follow the model of democratic education embodied in A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School. Our work consists in helping schools give children real freedoms, stepping back as teachers and adults and allowing children to grow into adulthood without being measured,…

Privilege and Good Luck

It is a privilege to go to Summerhill, an immense piece of good luck for a child.  It also carries a price tag: parents have to pay.  Unless the world turns inside out it is always going to be this way.  The state would have to decide to promote democratic education and make it available…

Swearing: What the Fuck!

Swearing is a big deal at school.  Mum and Dad might not swear at home.  They might restrain themselves in front of the children and only swear when they are out.  But it is hard to imagine someone not swearing at all.  I don’t even think it would be an achievement.  I live in Spain…