Equality is at the heart of Summerhill.
Summerhill protects your right to be how you want to be. You choose; the Meeting does not. The purpose of the Meeting is to sort out the inevitable boundary disputes in a community of nearly one hundred people who are all trying to live vibrantly individual lives.
We need more democratic meetings. Here is a way of setting up a meeting similar to the Summerhill Meeting. It can be used at work, in clubs, societies, and committees. The more democratic we are the better, in my opinion.
Ten ideas that can help to keep you on track as a Summerhill teacher.
This is the first of a series of Podcasts. We talk about our motivations: why are we interested in setting up democratic schools? Our motivations are different and yours will be too! Share your ideas with us
Qualities of Teachers : Personality of Teachers and Schools Clara was an experienced but frustrated state school Science teacher and very much wanted to find a better situation for herself. One Friday evening, over drinks, a friend told her about Summerhill. The philosophy interested her and she bought the book, Summerhill, and then visited the…
Egomaniac! I wrote the word down several times when I was thinking about qualities of teachers in democratic schools. The worst people you can have involved in your school project are people whose heads are so big they get stuck in the door as they try to leave the building. Now this little post is…
Equality in a community can be hard for teachers and other adults to accept and understand. What does it mean? You might need some training.
Qualities of Teachers- Understanding Qualities of teachers are important: understanding is one of these qualities. This is as true in the local comprehensive as it is at Summerhill. However, when a school has a unique philosophy the teacher must make an extra effort to understand. This is the first of a series on qualities of…
Here I talk about my own experiences as the English teacher at Summerhill School and what those experiences meant for my evolving awareness of what a reduced curriculum might be.