The purpose of this forum is to help people in schools that follow Summerhill and A.S. Neill. It is to discuss the issues that teachers and school administrators may have with teaching. Do you have ideas about the difference between the qualities of democratic school teachers and the qualities of mainstream school teachers? Are there specific experiences you have had that might help others in their search to improve their practice? You may be able to add something to the discussion.
We need some rules to make the forum workable for people who want to join it, so we came up with some basic rules-
The Code of Conduct
- The forum is to discuss the qualities of teachers in democratic education on the Summerhill model
- No one can join the forum without introducing themselves first
- Respect other people’s experience, knowledge and understanding
- No aggressive, violent or personal attacks on a person or their ideas
- Do not go off-topic. The forum is to discuss concrete issues: here specifically the qualities of teachers. It is not to promote a business or philosophical viewpoint
- All members of the forum should be clearly identified. No anonymous posting
- It is fine to critique, refine and evaluate the Summerhill model in comparison with other practices but attempts to change the focus of the forum will be closed down.
You might want to have a look at some of our blogposts before you decide to post anything on the forum. Here are some relevant links:
- The Reduced Curriculum– this is a series of three posts that deal with issues concerning this important topic.
- Teaching Top Ten
- No gurus
- More options, less choice
This is just a sample. There are plenty of other posts on the blog that deal with teaching and teachers.
We encourage you to get involved even if you only want to observe from the edges. There is a lot of talent, experience and wisdom in the democratic education world and this tool should help people to share their perceptions.