Geoff is an authoritarian. He believes there are bad people in the world and the police are there to protect us from them. He believes the royal family is an essential bulwark of authority and stability in the world. He believes nationalism is an atavistic tribal urge that will never be replaced by internationalism.
Leonard’s experiences starting school in Canadia in the fifties
Summerhill Democratics is not a faceless organization. We want to know who you are talking to and what we are about. In the first of a series of posts, we introduce ourselves to you. If you want to know more, write!
A look at the way that changes can be made to happen in the fossilised world of education. What can we do to move things forward?
What is the Big Question in education. In this post I look at the way our lives are changing and will continue to change. If we think education can follow the same tired old model we are fooling ourselves.
Summerhill says boredom is good.
“You old curmudgeon!” Zoe said. I had proposed unsuccessfully that the party should finish at midnight so that I could get some sleep. My room was in the house and that is where the boom-chacka of the party was loudest. “Hey,” I said, “What kind of democracy would it be if I couldn’t say what…
Are you secretly religious? Think about what it might mean not to have Free Will. In this post I suggest that in the world of tomorrow the only schools that will be left when all the moralistic claptrap is thrown out will be democratic schools.
Roy was exasperated. He was trying to engage kids in his classroom and had a timetable so that they could come for scheduled lessons, but another adult had taken over the Café- an open access space with colourful furnishings, bean bags and free coffee. He found that the kids were more drawn to the social…
Have you ever been in a situation that you cannot resolve and wished there was an impartial onlooker with the authority to help you resolve it? Ombudsmen at Summerhill are these impartial witnesses. The way ombudsmen work is perhaps more impressive than the Meeting itself, even though all their authority comes from the Meeting. Ombudsmen…