June 19, 2019

This series of Building Blocks of Democratic Education began with time and trust, continued with democratic process and equality, and ends with individual rights.  Each of the building blocks is important in creating a democratic school – a place where children can gro...

March 25, 2019

I’ve been watching a lot of late night television lately.  I usually record shows and watch them during daylight hours because old age and exhaustion hit me by 10 most nights.  On these shows, such as the Late Show, The Daily Show, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight,...

January 15, 2019

The essential building blocks for fully democratic schools include time, trust, democratic process, equality, and individual rights.  I wrote about time and trust in past blogs and they can be found on our website.  Today I am tackling the third in the Building Block S...

November 7, 2018

"Wow, this is the greatest school ever!”  “I can’t wait to get to school today!””  “I know I’m sick, but can’t I go to school anyway?”  “When is Monday ever going to come?”


Parents and staff have all heard versions of these comments from the mouths of excited...

February 23, 2018

One of the strong points of self-directed education is that in democratic schools the students love to come to school.  In traditional schools, parents complain about how hard it is to get their children to go to school.  Getting up in the morning can be a constant bat...

March 4, 2017

Our society values learning to read. We give social support to literacy programs. We associate the ability to read with intelligence. No one argues against using reading as a measure of children’s educational accomplishments. All 6 year olds should be literate and that...

March 22, 2016

In the first segment of Building Blocks, I talked about the importance of time for children to develop their interests and become responsible members of our democracy.  The second Building Block is trust.  Trust is more difficult to achieve than time because it require...

March 1, 2016

I want to talk in this Building Blocks Series about why people should be beating down the doors of our school.  There are numerous advantages of doing democratic education versus continuing the kinds of schools most of us grew up with. These advantages are a direct res...

November 8, 2014

In a recent internet posting, a public school teacher quoted one of her students commenting that the class was “like a democracy.”   Why?  Because the teacher gave her students a “choice” about the order of her assignments.  They had no choice about the content of the...

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