Girl playing outside
Children need to play out of doors, so why not sometimes close your street to cars?

A film by Alice Ferguson and Amy Rose

Eudec 2012
A report on IDEC 2012 in Puerto Rico, and an announcement about EUDEC 2012, to be held in Freiburg at the end of July.

Bryn Purdy
Stories of some of Bryn Purdy’s ex-pupils which demonstrate the success of his approach.

Bryn Purdy

Picture of the Tamariki School Web site
Tamariki is a democratic school funded by the government. This teachers’ guide expresses their philosophy in a way acceptable to bureaucrats.

 

It is to be expected that education in China today should be centrally controlled and authoritarian. Cireena Simcox has experience to prove it.

CWC web site

A letter announcing that the Indian organisation, Concerned for Working Children, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Annie Quick
Annie Quick is sure that she is not the only person whose memories of citizenship classes are less than inspiring. 

Annie Quick

Bryn

People say Summerhill methods will only work with children from the wealthy, liberal middle class. Bryn Purdy’s experience proves the opposite.


Two new online journals are being launched this year.

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An interesting new school has been started by Russian immigrants in Sinai, Egypt

Katerina Perkhova

Boy getting out of a box

The Government puts teachers and young people into boxes. How can we escape?

Tania Hales-Richardson

Sands School web site

An article from the Süddeutsche Zeitung about the  2011 IDEC, hosted by Sands School, in Devon. 

Simone Kosog

A Catalogue of Damage web site

A new website, which instead of praising libertarian education, goes into the attack.

David Gribble

Sweets

A psychotherapist tries rewarding bad behaviour to cure it.

Renee Sadler

Eton boy

Just to keep you up-to-date.

William Hazlitt
Anyone who has passed through the regular graduations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it ...

William Hazlitt

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Some reflections after a year of working with education in freedom. Land of Treasure is a free nursery school in Łodz, Poland.

Ola Matyska

Derry Hannam
Recent research into education based on children's rights in state schools in Hampshire, England

Derry Hannam

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The Ragged University is a new and rapidly growing initiative in the UK.

Alex Dunedin

Pédagogie Nomade

Pédagogie Nomade is a democratically run school in Belgium that is under threat.

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A song for any child-friendly school condemned by Ofsted

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 A brief account of the work already done by Change the Future, a new attempt to make the voice of young people heard. 

Luke Flegg

Angle-poise lamp
An article originally published in the Sudbury Valley School Journal, revealing surprising similarities between Sudbury Valley and Pixar.

Mark Bell

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A description of a visit to William Booth by David Gribble, and a brief summary of the contested report by Ofsted in January 2011.

David Gribble

Dhruba Ghimire and student

Dhruba Ghimire is workiing to improve the lives of Nepali women through education.

Echo Zang

A comment on the case of the teacher who attacked a pupil with a dumbbell

David Gribble

Rachel

An ex-student from Sands School describes the development of democracy in another school.

Rachel Roberts

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This article about the Bulger case was originally published in Issue 12 of The Journal of Personalised Education Now.

Christopher Shute

Turning Points book cover

A sample article from Turning Points, a book published earlier this year in the USA, which is an anthology of responses to four specific questions.

Gustavo Esteva

Derry HannamA letter in support of an application to found a democratic school in Croatia.

Derry Hannam 


A reaction to the article 'Die, Die, Die' and the 'Teachers' Advice' article in the January posting.

James Bar Bowen

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta is an Indian scientist who has developed fascinating ways of teaching science using only the cheapest materials and household rubbish.

Rachel

A personal story of recovery after a period of despair as a student in a conventional school.

Rachel Roberts

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An account of the achievements and disappointments of Coole Schule, the Austrian movement for student involvement in school decision-making.

Lycée Autogéré web site

The Lycée Autogéré de Paris is a self-governing state school that has been running since 1982.

Heike Freire

Happy student

A new definition of a loosely defined term.

Ian Cunningham

Platform 9 and three-quarters
Harry Potter is defended against the critics who accept The Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials as serious literature.

David Gribble


A selection of startling suggestions from the TES website.

Person making sssh! sound
Is the government review of home education another attempt to control or silence educational diversity?

Derry Hannam

Student meeting
Some entries for the English Secondary Students' Association competition for videos suggesting improvements to schools. 

Woman sneezing

The International Democratic Education Conference planned for Korea met an unexpected problem.

Alice Finbow web site image

The story of a project for helping unemployed young people to learn circus skills.

Alice Finbow


An email discussion between Milan Rai and David Gribble

Image of Eudec web site

A description of the new European Democratic Education Community.

Zsa-Zsa Shea

Siegfried Bernfeld
A response to the extract from Siegfried Bernfeld’s article on the Baumgarten Children’s Home, posted on this site in September 2008.

Robert Hamm

Book cover
Extracts from a book by David Mearns and Brian Thorne on Carl Rogers' approach to counselling, rewritten to illustrate an approach to education.

Image of Edge web site

Edge Learner Forums aim to promote vocational qualifications and bring them up to an equal status with academic learning. In fact they do much more.

Children having a class in the street
An account of a visit to Butterflies, the organisation for street and working children in New Delhi.

Jerry Mintz


Amukta Mahapatra describes Neel Bagh, founded by David Horsburgh in 1972, the inspiration for many prominent Indian educators.

Amukta Mahapatra


Alan was one of the victims of the raising of the school-leaving age in 1972. His experience has contemporary relevance.

Alan Nettleton