Tag Archives: democratic schooling

It’s a good question

Many moons ago, but in an influential piece of writing, R Bishop and T Glynn write: “Whose interests and agendas is the education system established to promote? In New Zealand Maori people have been denied participation in the decision-making systems … Continue reading

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Kaitiaki Collective – democratic schooling in NZ

Fantastic to hear! http://kaitiakicollective.weebly.com/ “Kia ora!  Join us in creating a democratic school in Auckland, based in part on the Sudbury Valley School model, and rooted in indigenous Maori wisdom.”

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How schools came to serve the state

Arguing for changes to the structure of ‘schooling’ we employ in countries like New Zealand and the USA, Peter Gray provides a history of what we know as schools, beginning with an explanation of child-rearing in hunter-gatherer societies, then explaining the … Continue reading

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Education and hunter-gatherer children

“Education, by my definition, is cultural transmission. It is the set of processes by which each new generation of human beings, in any social group, acquires and builds upon the skills, knowledge, lore, and values – that is, the culture … Continue reading

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Sudbury Valley School – Peter Gray on why this alternative to schools works

Peter Gray’s Free to Learn discusses an alternative approach to schooling, as it is exemplified by the Sudbury Valley School (http://www.sudval.org/). I wish we had schools like this here in New Zealand! “Sudbury Valley is a private day school located … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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democratic education – some discussion

Helfenbein and Shudak ask: “What are the challenges to teaching democracy within […] a dynamic and fluid social order?” Put another way, in what ways have the reconstruction and reinvention of contemporary society called for reconstructing/reinventing democratic education?” (p.6) “…as social studies … Continue reading

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Freedom and education

I just started reading this excellent little book, called Freedom, by Nick Stevenson…  I’m only a few pages in and already I have a million ideas rolling around in my head. Consider these quotes: “…part of my question is not … Continue reading

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The origins of democracy

If you want to know more about democracy, you can find out more on one of the BBC’s podcasts Democracy Thu, 18 Oct 01, Duration: 29 mins Melvyn Bragg examines the origins of the most cherished form of government in … Continue reading

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Making progress possible – Education Acts and dumb luck with decent politicians

An old article on RA Butler, architect of Britain’s ‘great’ 1944 Education Act (who succeeded in making changes in a tricky post – a portfolio given to him by Churchill with the intention of dropping him from view), offers up … Continue reading

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