Michael Newman

Houseparent, Summerhill School
Leiston, United Kingdom

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Childrens rights, education, Science and story

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Michael Newman
Posted almost 3 years ago
What can you share with the world?
We need to learn from the schools that go to the limits, that are attempts at the full implementation on the rights of the child, sadly state schools can have so many limitations of imposed values of exams, assessments, national curriculums... that we can not find them there. One example is A.S.Neill's Summerhill School, for 90 years 'surpassing expectations' for its implementation on the rights of the child (secretary of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2000). It has just recieved a good to outstanding Ofsetd inspection - outstanding for citizenship and community and justice. In 1949 the inspectors said, all educationalist should visit it to see this exciting experiment. Now people like Sir Ken Robinson say, let it be moved from the fringe to the manistream. I can offer talks, workshops and resources to get children thinking about what is possible in schools and children's communities - using staff and children from the school. Let's create debate, let's stimulate ideas, let's get the children to create change, in partnership with the adults.