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:
“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:

Zoë Neill Readhead 2007 AERO Conference Keynote Video (free; one hour)

August 8, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education | Leave a comment
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Zoë Neill Readhead is the principal of Summerhill School in Suffolk, England. Summerhill is perhaps the world’s longest running democratic school, founded in 1921 by A.S. Neill,  Zoë father.

You can purchase a DVD of the above talk at

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