Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story by Yaacov Hecht (BOOK)

April 24, 2010 at 5:57 am | Posted in AERO, Democratic Education | 2 Comments
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Democratic Education

Democratic Education by Yaacov Hecht

Democratic Education
A Beginning of a Story

by Yaacov Hecht

This incredible new book came off the printers just on week ago and now we are excited to offer it to you.  These are the only copies (less than 30!) currently available for sale outside Israel!  Yaacov was kind enough to inscribe a few of the books, which we are also offering as a special.

You can order the book (signed and unsigned) online at:

www.educationrevolution.org/yaacov.html
“Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story describes a fascinating personal journey and recounts the history of the foundation of the Democratic School of Hadera, which has successfully implemented a fascinating and important pedagogical experiment: How to convert the authoritative school into a democratic community, where the students have equal rights. Anyone with interest in education should read this fabulour book, about a unique school which has justly gained a worldwide reputation.”
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, Former Israeli Minister of Education

“Yaacov Hecht is the father of democratic education in Israel. From his school of thought emerged the democratic schools, the personal education programs and significant amount of the educational communities. Hecht puts in the center the attentiveness of the child and to his various abilities and needs. In the schools which are influenced by his ideas, teachers and students alike take responsibility for themselves and for their shared work, and create an involved learning community. The Ministry of Education sees in Yaacov Hecht’s educational path a model worthy of studying and implementing throughout the education system”
Prof. Yuli Tamr, Former Israeli Minister of Education

“Yaacov Hecht wrote an important book, which expands the concept of education far beyond the schools’ boundaries. He demonstrates how education can transform whole communities, and how the living standards of the 21st century enable all, young as old, to adopt the ‘Life Long Learning’ outlook.”
Prof. Daniel Greenberg, Founder of Sudbury Valley School, U.S.A.

“Yaacov thoroughly understands what freedom is for children. This understanding enables him to define a free framework with clear rules and boundaries. His approach to the field of education and to child raising is free, open and grounded. This is a rare approach. I am honored that Yaacov drew his inspiration from my father, A.S. Neill, and from Summerhill School, when he founded the Democratic School of Hadera.”
Zoe Neill Readhead, Principal of Summerhill School, England

You can order the book (signed and unsigned) online at:

www.educationrevolution.org/yaacov.html

Pt. 2: The 18th Annual International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC 2010) (VIDEO)

April 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Posted in AERO | 4 Comments
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AERO recently participated in one of the most unique annual education events, the International Democratic Education Conference, held in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Below, you will find some amateur video we were able to shoot of a few select workshops.  For more information on the conference, visit http://2010.e-idec.org.

Panel Discussion: Democratic Schools: Where Are They Heading?

What is AERO? (incl. a brief history of our connection to IDEC)

Escuela Democratica de Huamachuco

The 18th Annual International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC 2010) (VIDEO)

April 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Posted in AERO | 1 Comment
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AERO recently participated in one of the most unique annual education events, the International Democratic Education Conference, held in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Below, you will find some amateur video we were able to shoot of the opening ceremonies.  In our next post, we will show video from a few select workshops.  For more information on the conference, visit http://2010.e-idec.org.

Opening Ceremonies

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ABC’s Good Morning America’s Hatchet Job on Unschooling and Response

April 22, 2010 at 9:00 am | Posted in AERO, Education News | 2 Comments
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ABC’s Good Morning America recently aired a segment on unschooling titled “Extreme Homeschooling: No Tests, No Books, No Classes, No Curriculums.” After a firestorm of criticism and comments on the inaccurate portrayal of unschooling, they aired a segment answering a few viewer comments. Pat Farenga from Holt Associates also briefly explains the difference between homeschooling and unschooling. For the first segment, visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/unschooling-homeschooling-book-tests-classes/story?id=10410867.  For their follow-up, visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/parents-defend-radical-unschooling-instilling-proper-values/story?id=10422823 Please let us know what you think.

Talking Too Much Amongst Ourselves?

April 14, 2010 at 12:49 am | Posted in AERO | 15 Comments
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Two Perspectives on Educational Change

A Conversation Between Kirsten Olson and Ron Miller

Readers, we invite your comments on the conversation between Kirsten Olson and Ron Miller published in the Spring issue of Education Revolution. Contact alternativeeducation@gmail.com with any questions.  To read the article, subscribe to Education Revolution at www.educationrevolution.org/aeromagazine.html

The School for Designing a Society with Rob Scott ft. Patch Adams (VIDEO)

April 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Workshop with Rob Scott ft. Patch Adams

Original Description

The School for Designing a Society has a unique pedagogy based on formulating desire statements and composing creative projects aimed at generating a desirable society. This presentation will offer a crash course in “the basics” of the School for Designing a Society, before opening lively discussion of the desire and design curriculum. The format is will illustrate the central importance of language, dialogue, and composition in generating a school that generates alternative social systems.

Find out more about the 2010 AERO conference at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Love, Learning, and the Taboo Against Touch with Chris Mercogliano (VIDEO)

April 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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2009 AERO conference workshop with Chris Mercogliano

From the original description

We will begin by sharing our personal reflections and intuitions about the connection between love, affection, and learning in our own lives, and then extend the discussion to our experience with children today. I will add what the latest research in psychology and neuroscience has to say about how deeply relational learning is, and how central positive emotions and caring are to the developmental process. All of this will lead up to the controversial issue of touch, and how crucial an ingredient it is. Integral to the discussion will be Ashley Montagu’s contributions to the subject in Touching: The Human Significance of The Skin, Marianna Caplin’s Untouched, and Wilhelm Reich’s concept of “contact.” I will also suggest that the eyes, too, are an organ of touch, and I will share child psychiatrist/neuroscientist Allan Schore’s research on the critical developmental importance of the mother/infant gaze – to which I will add my belief that the same principles apply to the dynamic exchange between children and all caregivers and teachers. Finally, we will discuss the practical dimensions of touch in childcare and school settings, beginning with the issue of the adults’ comfort level with touching and being touched, and what they can do if they are uncomfortable. We will also address ways to ensure that parents are comfortable with sending their kids into a touching environment, and also ways to promote healthy touch in childcare and school settings.

Find out more about AERO conference at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

2009 AERO Conference Start a School Workshop (VIDEO)

April 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Facilitated by Jerry Mintz

Original Description

This is the space for all school starters at the conference to network, discuss, and learn about options and resources.

Part 1/2

Part 2/2

Find out more about this year’s AERO conference at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Education and Democracy in the 1960s: The Continuing Legacy of the Free School Movement (VIDEO, Pt. 4/4)

April 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Facilitated by Ron Miller

With guests Sandy Hurst, Arnie Langberg, Mary Leue, Jerry Mintz, and Pat Montgomery

This symposium brings together several education activists from the ’60s generation to talk about their efforts, challenges, and lessons learned. The free school movement was part of a larger cultural awakening that opened new possibilities for social change. The spread of educational alternatives, including homeschooling, in the last few decades is a direct result of their pioneering work. Here is an opportunity to encounter and learn from a vital piece of our history.

This symposium was held at the 6th annual AERO conference. Find out more about the 2010 AERO conference at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Education and Democracy in the 1960s: The Continuing Legacy of the Free School Movement (VIDEO, Pt. 3/4)

April 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Posted in AERO | Leave a comment
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Facilitated by Ron Miller

With guests Sandy Hurst, Arnie Langberg, Mary Leue, Jerry Mintz, and Pat Montgomery

This symposium brings together several education activists from the ’60s generation to talk about their efforts, challenges, and lessons learned. The free school movement was part of a larger cultural awakening that opened new possibilities for social change. The spread of educational alternatives, including homeschooling, in the last few decades is a direct result of their pioneering work. Here is an opportunity to encounter and learn from a vital piece of our history.

This symposium was held at the 6th annual AERO conference. Find out more about the 2010 AERO conference at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

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