A.S. Neil talks about freedom and his Summerhill School in England. Summerhill is often said to be the first school based on freedom and democratic ideals. The documentary was called “Here and Now”. Summerhill School is an independent British boarding school that was founded in 1921 by Alexander Sutherland Neill with the belief that the school should be made to fit the child, rather than the other way around. It is run as a democratic community; the running of the school is conducted in the school meetings, which anyone, staff or pupil, may attend, and at which everyone has an equal vote. These meetings serve as both a legislative and judicial body. Members of the community are free to do as they please, so long as their actions do not cause any harm to others, according to Neill’s principle “Freedom, not Licence.” This extends to the freedom for pupils to choose which lessons, if any, they attend. – From Wikipedia
An incredibly strong spoken word piece on the US school and education system. 5.6 million views already. Great way to spend 6 minutes.
A must watch film for anyone interested in the education system. Throughout the documentary, different aspects of the American public education system are examined. Things such as the ease in which a public school teacher achieves tenure, the inability to fire a teacher who is tenured, and how the system attempts to reprimand poorly performing teachers are shown to affect the educational environment. Teaching standards are called into question as there is often conflicting bureaucracy between teaching expectations at the school, state, or federal level. The film also examines teacher’s unions. Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools (the district with some of the worst-performing students at the time), is shown attempting to take on the union agreements that teachers are bound to, but suffers a backlash from the unions and the teachers themselves. Statistical comparisons are made between the different types of primary or secondary educational institutions available: state school, private school, and charter school. There are also comparisons made between schools in affluent neighborhoods versus schools in poorer ones. …
Kenta is a force of nature. He’s changing education. He brought his Gakko Camp to Green Camp this summer and looks like he is bringing it back again next year. So please watch the talk and find out more about his vision. -JH
Public schools around Sayan in Ubud, Bali are starting to take advantage of their trash problem. Sampah Jujur volunteers Ibu Kadek, Pak Ketut and their son, Gian, also part of the Green School family, have been visiting a few schools around the Sampah Jujur HQ in Sayan, Bali, to share the news that Sampah Jujur is now buying plastic to be recycled. Today, SMP N 2 Ubud (a public middle school) and five SD (public elementary schools) are partnering up with Sampah Jujur to sort their trash and get cash in return for their recyclables. Sampah Jujur, led by John Hardy, hosts a trash walk every day (except for Sundays) starting at 7am from Bambu Indah. Many individuals that share a passion to make Bali cleaner and plastic-free joins the trash walk and help to sort their trash haul into different categories of garbage. Sampah Jujur HQ is located in a traditional market in Sayan and next to a public elementary school, so local residents have started to ask questions and learn what it is all about. …
“It can be a floating school in an impoverished region, like the one in Lagos, Nigeria. Or it can be a school that’s blind to gender, like Egalia, in Stockholm, Sweden.” Explore all 13 of the schools here at Tech Insider.
No doubt. Red more here at the Guardian. Research on primary school children in Barcelona suggests boost in short-term memory from nearby vegetation, due in part to reduction in traffic pollution.
When my kids came home from SuperCamp, I was totally astounded at the things they had learned and the growth that had happened in a short residential camp. In my view, it’s the most powerful learning experience available. My daughter, Chiara, came home and said, “If you’re early you’re on time, if you are on time, you’re late, and if you’re late, you’re left behind again.” Can you imagine learning that at 11 years old? Being early takes all the stress out of all your movements. If you screw up you’re still on time, if you have a few minutes to wait, you do something else. Many people never learn that. And that was just one tiny thing of a plethora of information and experiences they had. The 7 day non-stop activities, is the place where students experience a shift in learning through academic enrichment classes, exhilarating outdoor challenges, personal growth and character building exercises. GET MORE INFORMATION » BOOK 2015 DATES: Junior SuperCamp » June 29 to July 5 Senior SuperCamp » July 8 …
Interesting thoughts and observations from M Shannon Hernandez after she visited Green School on the Huffington Post blog. Read more here. From composting, to solar panels, to a future hydroelectric station, students are immersed in a variety of subjects every single day and learn to solve problems in a hands-on way. These principles should be a core component of every student’s educational experience–because, as educators will tell you–we know that students learn best when they “do”. We also know that when students are interested and invested in the content and delivery, real learning takes place.
My tour guide pauses and sighs. We’re beside a large quartz crystal in a grassy ring. “I like to tell people that we’re so much more than a hippie school in the jungle,” he says. “But at the heart of it all, there beats a tiny hippie school in the jungle.” Click here for further reading. February 7, 2012, Nathan Myers