Democratic Meetings Video (free, 2 hours)

September 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education | Leave a comment
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A two-hour DVD of demonstrations of various democratic meetings, including one at Summerhill, a meeting of Russian students at the New Schools Festival in the Crimea (translated into English), a demonstration meeting with Long Island homeschoolers, age four to 13, a meeting set-ting up a democratic system for an “at-risk” public high school alternative, and a democratic meeting at a public “choice” high school.

Introduction to Montessori Education

September 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Posted in AERO, Democratic Education, New Resource | Leave a comment
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Course offered by Montessori Foundation: Introduction to Montessori Education
Have you ever wanted to know more about Montessori Education but have not wanted to commit the time and money necessary for a full training course? Are you interested in understanding Montessori principles and knowing how they would integrate into an alternative /democratic / free school environment?  Sharon Caldwell, founder of Nahoon Montessori School in South Africa [featured in Turning Points and The Directory of Democratic Education] is leading a new course offered by the Montessori Foundation entitled An Overview of Montessori Principles and Curriculum from Infant/Toddler through High School. This course is intended to provide an overview for heads of Montessori schools who don’t have Montessori training as well as anyone interested in understanding this approach on a deeper level than can be gleaned from independent reading. This is an opportunity to get your questions answered.  Please note that this course is not a Montessori teaching credential. Anyone wanting to know more, please contact

Sharon Caldwell
Montessori Foundation and IMC Representative: Africa
Editor: Montessori Leadership and Montessori Leadership Online
Instructional Guide: Montessori Leadership Institutes
74 Beach Road
East London
South Africa

News from our Twitter Feed

September 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Posted in AERO, Education News | Leave a comment
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Dignity in schools: an unexcused absence

Classroom Bullies: Teachers are supposed to prevent harassment of students. But in a controversial case, they were allegedly the harassers.

Why Unschoolers Don’t Support Public Education

Slow Learning

Nine Myths About Public Schools

Smacking hits kids’ IQs

Failing to educate girls costs poor countries billions

Punishing children with love

Across the city class sizes soar and many more schools feel the ‘sardine’ squeeze with jammed rooms

Why So Many People are So Angry At Arne Duncan

Unions Criticize Obama’s School Proposals as ‘Bush III’

Professor: Smaller Class Sizes Optimal For Kids

Broadening the Education Agenda

National Subject-Matter Standards? Be Careful What You Wish For

A New Paradigm for Global Education: A Talk by Joel Spring (free video)

September 25, 2009 at 12:09 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Joel Spring received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. Joel Spring worked as a railroad conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad and for many years lived each summer on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, Alaskan Visions, includes many of his Alaskan experiences. After falling in love with his editor, Joel moved to New York.

Professor Spring’s major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty scholarly books with the most recent being How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Globalization and Educational Rights; and Educating the Consumer Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising, and Media. Joel’s most important textbooks are American Education (now in its 11th edition) and the American School 1642-2004 (now in its 6th edition).

Find out more and purchase this DVD at

News from our Twitter Feed

September 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Posted in AERO, Education News | Leave a comment
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Mass Teacher Layoffs in D.C. Amount To One Hell of a Power Play by Michelle Rhee

The Need for a Moratorium on High-stakes Testing

Parenting by Lying

Researchers describe txt sp3ak as “brain workout” for kids

Under ‘accountability’: Blame the bricks

More than 500 extra teachers rated “unsatisfactory” this year

Education’s Rotten Apples

Police allow six tents to protesters in front of Chicago Public Schools for overnight vigil of the ‘dispossessed’ opposing Renaissance 2010

How Democratic Education Could Save the World (free video)

September 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education | Leave a comment
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2006 AERO conference keynote by AERO director Jerry Mintz.  Find out more and order this video at

Winning the Education Revolution: Lessons from Montessori (free video)

September 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Winning the Education Revolution: Lessons from Montessori is an hour and a half keynote talk at the 2006 AERO conference by Tim Seldin.

Tim is the President of The Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. His more than thirty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, his own alma mater (age two through high school graduation). He has also served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and as Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Tim Seldin is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Master Teachers – Model Programs, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

You can find out more about Tim and order this DVD at

An Evening with John Taylor Gatto (New York Area Talk)

September 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, Education Events | 1 Comment
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An Evening with John Taylor Gatto (2010 AERO Conference Keynote Speaker) hosted by The Garden Road School. Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm. Join us for an enlightening and timely educational reform presentation on the pitfalls of compulsory schooling. Come learn how everything you know about school is wrong and how you can get an education in spite of school. John Taylor Gatto is the author of “Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling”, a leading educational activist and three time recipient of the prestigious NYC Teacher of the Year Award.

The Garden Road School, is located at 99 Baron de Hirsch Road, Crompond, NY. Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple in advance. For more information visit:, or call (914) 526-4033.

News from our Twitter Feed

September 20, 2009 at 9:18 am | Posted in AERO, Education News | Leave a comment
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Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy in S. Africa

Classrooms with over 50 students!

Philosophical Babies, Arrogant Adults

The Best School Operators in the Country

Teachers Find Obama Not the Friend They Had Expected

First Union Charter School in Mass

School District to Test for Achievement Gap in Kindergarten

Trusting Ourselves and Our Children is Not Regressive

At Rally, Cosby Speaks of Wonderfulness in Education

“I Hate Reading Logs” says Fedup Mom

Hundreds of Voucher Pupils Unaccounted For, Senator Says

Call for Proposals! AERO’s 7th Annual Conference

September 19, 2009 at 11:47 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, Education Events | Leave a comment
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We are now accepting workshop/presentation proposals for our 7th annual conference.

For more information, please visit

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