CWC Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

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01 May 2012

CWC web site

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

Why Democracy Should Start in the Classroom

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01 May 2012

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

Annie Quick

The Summerhill Idea and the Working Class

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01 January 2012

Bryn

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

New Journals

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01 January 2012


Two new online journals are being launched this year.

Family Club Domashniy Rebenok

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01 January 2012

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

Katerina Perkhova

Out of the box

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01 January 2012

Boy getting out of a box

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

Tania Hales-Richardson

Learning in Freedom

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01 September 2011

Sands School web site

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

Simone Kosog

Authoritarian Schooling: a Catalogue of Damage

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01 September 2011

A Catalogue of Damage web site

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

David Gribble

Bringing back an old idea of Neill's

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01 September 2011

Sweets

A psychotherapist tries rewarding bad behaviour to cure it.

Renee Sadler

Fund-raising for Eton

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01 September 2011

Eton boy

Just to keep you up-to-date.

A Response to Michael Gove from William Hazlitt

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01 May 2011

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

William Hazlitt

Land of Treasure

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01 May 2011

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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

Hannam Report on Research

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01 May 2011

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

Derry Hannam

The Ragged University

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01 May 2011

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

Alex Dunedin

Pédagogie Nomade

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01 May 2011

Pédagogie Nomade

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

The Ballad of Michael Gove

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01 January 2011

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A song for any child-friendly school condemned by Ofsted

Change the Future

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01 January 2011

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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

Organic Intelligence, Toy Story and "What did you do in school today?"

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01 January 2011

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

Mark Bell

William Booth Primary School Under Threat

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01 January 2011

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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

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01 January 2011

Dhruba Ghimire and student

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

Echo Zang

Die, Die, Die

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01 October 2010

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

David Gribble

The Free School, Leipzig - a Democratic School?

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01 October 2010

Rachel

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

Rachel Roberts

Children make the future in the shadow of the past

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01 October 2010

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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

Escaping Education

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01 October 2010

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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

Letter to the Minister of Education in Croatia

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01 October 2010

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

Derry Hannam 

The Frontline of the Class War?

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01 May 2010


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

James Bar Bowen

Arvind Gupta, the Toy-maker

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01 May 2010

Arvind Gupta

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

I Almost Stopped Speaking

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01 May 2010

Rachel

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

Rachel Roberts

The End of Coole Schule

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01 May 2010

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

The Lycée Autogéré in Paris

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01 January 2010

Lycée Autogéré web site

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

Heike Freire

Democratic Education – Some Notes towards Defining the Term

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01 January 2010

Happy student

A new definition of a loosely defined term.

Ian Cunningham

Harry Potter and the Highbrow Critics

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01 January 2010

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

Teachers' Advice

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01 January 2010


A selection of startling suggestions from the TES website.

The Badman Review

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01 October 2009

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

Derry Hannam

ESSA Manifesto for Change

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01 October 2009

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

IDEC 2009, Korea

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01 October 2009

Woman sneezing

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

It's a Bit Like Juggling

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01 October 2009

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

Alice Finbow

Consensus or Voting

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01 October 2009


An email discussion between Milan Rai and David Gribble

EUDEC

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01 October 2009

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A description of the new European Democratic Education Community.

Zsa-Zsa Shea

Correspondence: The Baumgarten Children's Home

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01 May 2009

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

Person-Centered Education

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01 May 2009

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

Edge Learner Forum

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01 May 2009

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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.

Butterflies

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01 May 2009

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

Neel Bagh - Where the Mind is Without Fear

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01 May 2009


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

Amukta Mahapatra

Raising the School-leaving Age

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01 May 2009


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

Alan Nettleton

Activity-based Learning in Chennai

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01 January 2009


An account of what must be the most widespread liberalisation of education anywhere in the world.

Amukta Mahapatra

A Student-Teacher's Essay

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01 January 2009

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A new student teacher's unexpected response to the demand for an essay.

Lucy Golston

Pupil Voice to Become Law

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01 January 2009


Positive and negative reactions to the new English Education and Skills Bill

At William Booth We Love Children

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01 January 2009

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Inspiring extracts from the leaflets published by William Booth Nursery and Infant School in Nottingham

What About These Young People?

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01 January 2009

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An anonymous poem from the 1990s

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