- Michael Newman
- United Kingdom
Houseparent, Summerhill School
Use examples of radical models of schools to empower children to change their schools and develop their rights
Like all groups who have struggled for their rights children need a sense of the history of their fight, need a sense of the culture of their fight, need examples of schools and communities that have been based on their rights. Extreme examples go beyond the limits of the national state system that has historicallly imposed values of training for exams, and curricular based on A-levels and university entrance. Children need to see what is possible without these constraints, so they can debate outside the given values of schooling, and of outmoded ideas of childhood. They need to learn about examples such as A.S.Neill's Summerhill School, Alexander Bloom's St Georges in the East, Home Lanes' Little Commonwealth, Janus Korczak's democratic warsaw Orphanage...