The Sudbury Model of Education The Responsibility Spectrum The fundamental difference between a Sudbury school and any other type of school is the student's level of responsibility. In a Sudbury school the students are solely responsible for their education, their learning methods, their evaluation and their environment. Classrooms Traditionally, classrooms have tables, chairs, a board at one end, they all share a similar layout. But, how effective is this? When I was teaching in a school, quite often we moved the tables aside and just used chairs, or sometimes sat on the floor. This was great for student motivation, the group dynamic and kept the lessons varied and interesting. For optimum learning, it is beneficial to have an environment that supports collaborative learning, has lots of natural light, and is flexible.
Village Free School The Process Step One: Get clear about what it is you want out of your child’s school We would never recommend rushing into something as important as the choice of who to trust with your kids. If you know what you are looking for, or are feeling like giving something new a good hard try, and our school looks like it might be a good fit, then you should come for a visit. We admit children ages 5 through 18.
Schools for Life My first experience of a ‘school for life’ was as a volunteer gap year student in 1999 at Glengarry — a spectacular outdoor campus set in the sumptuous Kangaroo Valley, Australia. Yes, there were a lot of kangaroos. Since then I’ve followed and been involved with a number of innovative education projects. Summerhill School - Wikipedia (UK) 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. History
New school system in Sweden is eliminating classrooms entirely Telefonplan School, in Stockholm Sweden has new school system that is eliminating all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters children’s “curiosity and creativity.” (Pics) Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden, wanted learning to take place everywhere in its schools — so it threw out the “old-school” thinking of straight desks in a line in a four-walled classroom (via GOOD). Vittra most-recently opened Telefonplan School, in Stockholm. Architect Rosan Bosch designed the school so children could work independently in opened-spaces while lounging, or go to “the village” to work on group-projects.
Sudbury: the Unschooling Schools, a Guest Post by Bruce L. Smith I've wanted to share some guest posts on freeschooling and democratic schools on this blog for a while now, and with the recent article on CNN talking about both unschooling and Sudbury schools, this article seems particularly relevant! So I am very happy to present to you Bruce L. Smith on the Sudbury model schools: After a few years’ teaching in the public schools of Columbia, Missouri, Bruce L.
Before I Die Network (This isn't a cult is it?) Don't worry, we promise there will be no shaving of heads, religious chants or ritual sacrifice at our events. We've never even met Tom Cruise. We use a combination of design thinking, NLP and good old fashioned talking to each other to help people think about what they want to do with their lives, and how to get there. Op-Ed: Sowing the Seeds of Social Change in the South Bronx Stephen Ritz, who teaches in the South Bronx, has transformed the lives of his students with the "edible wall" of produce he built in his classroom. Photo courtesy of Green Bronx Machine. “I am not a farmer. I’m a parent, a resident and a teacher,” I said at the opening of my presentation at the January TEDx Manhattan conference, “Changing the Way We Eat.” I didn’t need a pitchfork or overalls to explain how growing produce in my science classroom transformed the way my students treat their relationship to food, community and employment. I am a special education teacher at the Discovery School in the South Bronx.
The Brooklyn Free School: A Look Inside the Progressive Education Movement Imagine a school where classes don’t exist, grades aren’t calculated, and tests are an anathema. A place where students are never given homework, and arrive each day prepared to do whatever they want; where teachers don’t dictate or evaluate. This place is real: it’s the Brooklyn Free School, located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 2003 by its current director Alan Berger, the school is built fundamentally on the principle that each child has an innate curiosity and passion for learning. At its core, the school is based on free school predecessors such as the Summerhill School in England, the Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts, and the Albany Free School in Albany. In its essence, BFS gives students the opportunity to pursue their own interests with the support and guidance of mentors and peers.
Education for Freedom Education for Freedom This article was originally published in Freedom, in 2005 All over the Western world education is being reduced to forcing as many children as possible to take as many exams as possible, regardless of individual needs, talents or interests. In this country we have organised competition between schools via league tables; in the world at large there is organised competition between countries via the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). (Britain cunningly avoided being listed in the 2003 PISA by claiming to have inadequate data.) The usual competitive reaction is a greater insistence on a national curriculum, uniformity and testing.
Sands School Ashburton, Democratic School Devon, UK Sam Burns (16) Sands School is one of a kind as schools go. I believe it’s a place where teachers and students alike can share their ideas and beliefs equally about the running of the school. I have enjoyed my time here immensely, Sands has been a great improvement over my last school because I have been able to sort out any issues I had with small groups of students and teachers. Because of Sands’ size the relationship between students and teachers is more like friends than anything else. The freedom at Sands is only comparable to the stories of college I’ve heard. Michael Hirsch (15) I came to Sands because I hate the state school system.
Lefty Parent When most people think of a “school”, particularly a school for young people, the image of kids sitting behind desks with a teacher at the front leading the class (as the “sage on the stage” as they say) generally comes to mind. Somewhere down the hall from this and other classrooms is an “office” including administrative staff and particularly the school principal who runs the school, including giving marching orders to and evaluating the teachers, and dealing with student disciplinary issues that are referred to them by the teachers. The “governance model” is presumed to be completely hierarchical. Students at the bottom of the hierarchy get their lectures, assignments, evaluation, administrative and disciplinary rules from their teacher(s). Teachers are supervised and evaluated by their school principal. Here is my best shot at an overview of this democratic-free school model.