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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.” Advertisements

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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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The need for a ‘local cultural project of childhood’ in NZ

In the afore-mentioned article, Moss writes: “Some years ago, I visited an Italian city with a rich experience in early childhood education. The head of the services in this city— not, as it happens, Reggio Emilia—described their work over 30 years … Continue reading

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Early Childhood places as democratic spaces

Peter Moss discusses the possibilities around opening educational institutions up as places, or forums, or spaces, or sites, of ethical and political practice – and, specifically, of democratic political practice. Democratic political practice is not ‘inevitable’, as Moss discusses, but … Continue reading

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“FOUCAULT’S HETEROTOPIA AND CHILDREN’S EVERYDAY LIVES”

Another interesting looking article that caught my eye is one that adopts Foucault’s concept of ‘heterotopias’ to analyse the construction of childhood. The author, Sara McNamee, introduces her thoughts in this way: “Jenks (1996) has argued that childhood is constructed … Continue reading

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