News from EUDEC member school Sudbury Schule Ammersee (Germany), which was closed by the government in 2016 and has taken its case to court. Here is a report from the group following the first hearing on 2 July:
Last year, in March 2017, we founded an eco-village called Village de Pourgues, in Le Fossat, France. Our foundations and structures are inspired from Sudbury Valley School. We are now 30 people living together, including 9 children from ages 1 to 10. Where so many have failed since the 70s, we succeeded in forming a stable and harmonious community of individual freedom.
Enrollment is now open for young people (age 15 minimum) with room and board for a duration of at least 3 months. Details about our offer and fees are all available on this page.
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All the best,
It seems to me that the crucial commodity that children and young people need in order to find and deepen their interests and identity is TIME. Time to think, time to wonder, time to create, time to hang out with their friends, time to find out who they are, time to relax and just be idle for a while. Yet this is the one thing that English state funded secondary schools, and increasingly primary schools as well, deprive them of. Lunch hours and playtimes are shortened or cut. The encroachment on their free time is not just during the school day but also at home, in the evenings and at week-ends with endless homework and test/exam revision. We know that it is perfectly possible to have a school system with high attainment that does not do this. Continue reading “School Students Need Time to Think – A Modest Proposal”