Correspondence: The White Lion Street Free School

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01 January 2009


Nigel Wright responds to Jenny Auster's article published on this site in May last year, and Jenny Auster replies.

The Baumgarten Children's Home

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01 September 2008

bernfeld-smallThe Kinderheim Baumgarten was an innovative Jewish children's home set up in Vienna after the first world war.

Siegfried Bernfeld.

 

Address to the First European Democratic Education Conference

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01 September 2008

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Leonard Turton

An address to The first EUDEC (European Democratic Education Conference) which was held at the University of Leipzig in 2008. 

No Diplomas in Architecture

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01 September 2008

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The Indian organisation, Shikshantar, runs a campaign against academic qualifications. They have published many relevant stories. 

My Free School Days

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01 September 2008

Mie Shure

Akira Potter has been a pupil at two free schools in Japan, and at Summerhill. He describes his experiences.

Akira Potter

Limitless and Intersecting Communities and a View of Liberty

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01 September 2008

Image of community

A response to Peter Higginson's article

James Bar Bowen

Children's Rights in the UK

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01 May 2008

Young girl

An extract from the NGO alternative report on the UK implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Please Learn to Work with Us

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01 May 2008

Room 13 web site

The speech delivered by Danielle Souness, of Room 13, at the Artworks Conference in the Tate Modern, when she was twelve years old.

A Newsletter from Palestine

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01 May 2008

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The December Newsletter from Hope Flowers School, in Bethlehem.

White Lion Street Free School

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01 May 2008


An ex-pupil tells of her own experiences at the school and describes the effect it had on her life.

Jenny Auster

Austrian School Students Settle the Score

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01 May 2008

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Coole Schule, the Austrian association of school students, gives up on politics.

Why don't Students in Democratic Schools Do More?

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01 May 2008

Luke Flegg

An email correspondence between Luke Flegg, an ex-pupil of Sands School, and Moe Zimmerberg, staff member at the Tutorial School, New Mexico.

Education According to Tolstoy

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01 January 2008

Tolstoy

Extracts from Tolstoy's writing about his school at Yasnaya Polyana

Children Hold Local Governments Responsible

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01 January 2008

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CWC's report of the first public children's meetings in Karnataka

School Councils

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01 January 2008


Research into School Councils

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Two views of the London Secondary Schools Action Research Project on school councils. 

Brain Research and Learning in School

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01 January 2008

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 An extract from the prospectus of the proposed Netzwerkschule in Berlln

NASUWT and Student Voice

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01 January 2008

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Comments on the NASUWT's position statement in which they justify their anxiety about current development of student voice in British Schools.

Alexandr Naumovich Tubelsky (1940 - 2007)

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01 September 2007

obituary notice

This obituary for the great Russian teacher is translated from his school's website.

Risinghill Revisited

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01 September 2007

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A new book is planned by ex-students of Michael Duane's celebrated school.

Government Interference:

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01 September 2007

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Booroobin, as small Sudbury school in Australia, joins the list of free schools threatened by government action.

Beating Them at Their Own Game:

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01 September 2007

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A Free School Meets the Exam System

Kapriole, a free school in Bad Würtemberg, takes its first exams.

Fighting Back: Joy, Social Justice and the Necessity of Hope

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01 June 2007


A teacher at Bishop's Park College, in Clacton, writes about the inspiration he found there.

Mark Curtis

Democratic Education with Five-year-olds

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01 June 2007

Young girl

A new experience for someone used to introducing democratic meetings to older groups

Jerry Mintz

Naming the New Totalitarianism

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01 February 2007

The Houses of Parliament

An examination of leadership, personalisation and high performance schooling

Michael Fielding

How We Are Making Learning Better at George Mitchell

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01 February 2007

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A year-eight pupil at George Mitchell School in Leyton describes some of the innovations there.

Sylvia Lim

Practical Anarchism: U3A, the Unlikely Bakuninists

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01 February 2007

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The University of the Third Age, established to offer further education to the over forty-fives is healthily anti-authoritarian.

Martyn Everett

97% to 3%

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01 February 2007

Image of a flow chart

A model of an educational philosophy adapted, with permission, from a diagram by Lynne Smith.

Open Learning: An Introduction to the Work of Falko Peschel

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09 January 2007

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In Falko Peschel's classes, children really want to learn.

Bilingualism

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01 November 2006

Book cover

Why, when bilingualism is so highly valued, are immigrant languages ignored?

Christine Hélot

The Didenheim Project

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01 November 2006


An account of a school in Alsace where languages are taught in a different way

Austria's "Coole Schule" Association

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01 November 2006

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Igor Mitschka, aged 14, of Austria's Cool School Association, has organised two children's conferences, open to every school student in the country.

Movement and Development: the Young Artists of Circus Kaos

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01 November 2006

Circus skills

Circus Kaos is not a typical circus – it doesn't have any animals and its artists come under the Youth Protection Act.

Ruth Schleicher

The Consequences of Preventing Children from Working

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01 November 2006

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An open letter from the Executive Director of the Indian organisation, the Concerned for Working Children (CWC)

Damodar Acharya

Children in the Driver's Seat

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01 June 2006


Edited extracts from the report by P. J. Lolichen of the CWC (The Concerned for Working Children) on their 2005 research into access and mobility.

Ethical Issues in Children's Research

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01 June 2006


Adapted from reflections in the report by P. J. Lolichen

Learning How and What We Like or Learning for What We Care For?

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01 June 2006


Is there a lack of ecological concern among democratic educators?

Eric Nicolas Schneider

One Reporter: Two Articles

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01 June 2006


Two versions of an article about Brooklyn Free School which give very different impressions

Club House Democracy

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01 January 2006


Leonard Turton describes his delightful and important work within a state school in Canada.

Leonard Turton

Seliba Sa Boithuto: The Ideas Behind It

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01 January 2006

Learners at Work
Gerard Mathot tells how Seliba Sa Boithuto grew from his own schooling and his early experiences as a teacher and as a trainer of teachers.

 

The Value of the Things They Learn

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01 January 2006

Sands artwork

A new teacher at Sands School describes his impressions.

Martin Roberts

Saying No to Certificates and Degrees

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01 January 2006

Walk Out web site

Shikshantar, an Indian institute for rethinking education, has published a number of comments on the undesirability of relying on certification.

IDEC

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01 January 2006


IDEC stands for International Democratic Education Conference. It has been happening for twelve years now, and you ought to know about it.

The Charter of the Modern School

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01 July 2005


A translation of the charter of the Freinet movement in France

What is ESSA?

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01 July 2005


A brief introduction to the recent founded English Secondary Students' Association.

David Gribble

 

Seliba Sa Boithuto: A Place of Learning that is Not a School

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01 July 2005

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Seliba Sa Boithuto provides learners with a quiet, comfortable place to learn, materials such as books, pamphlets, computers and videos, and tutors for advice and help. It offers no courses. The tutors do not teach. Instead but they encourage students to learn together when they share an interest and to learn from each other as much as possible.

David Gribble

Summerhill: Possibly the most inspected school in the world

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01 May 2005

Summerhill School web site

A former Summerhill houseparent, writes about his impressions of the school.

Matthew Appleton

Breaking an Oath

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01 March 2005


When Maria, who had been home-educated in Austria and Turkey, was considering a career, she took a placement in a school.

Maria Kopta

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