Tag Archives: democratic values

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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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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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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The shifting discourses around education

In an article that considers the shifting discourses around, attitudes towards, and expectations of public education in the USA since European colonisation, David Labaree produces some interesting insight into certain tensions surrounding the purpose of education today. His argument focuses on … 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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Space, voice and power in the limits of cross-cultural dialogue

In an article I found really interesting, Alison Jones writes that: “Embedded in discourses on radical pedagogical dialogue is the ubiquitous and useful metaphor of space. Talk of margin, center, inclusion, exclusion, mapping, positioning, location, territory, space, gap, border, and boundary marks … Continue reading

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