Alternative Education

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Abolish High School: Easy Chair
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2015
Solnit says that we need to recognize that high school doesn't work for most young people, and suggests abolishing it.
Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community
Duberman, Martin
Book
1973
A history of Black Mountain College (1933-57), an experimental school which pioneered many educational, cultural, and artistic innovations.
Can Free Schools Work?
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1985
Before starting on another round of alternative education projects, it might be helpful to try to understand why few of the last round's projects achieved long term success.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
A Decentralist Manifesto
Borsodi, Ralph
Article
1958
No political institution can be considered human and properly adapted to the nature of humankind if it in any way infringes upon liberty; if it even in the slightest, interferes with the conditions ne...
Dream Tower: The Life and Legacy of Rochdale College
Mietkiewicz, Henry; Mackowycz, Bob
Book
1988
Dream Tower
Mann, Ron
Film
1994
Follows the history Rochdale College, a famous experiment in co-operative living and self-directed education in 1960's Toronto.
Exploring Alternatives: Free Schools
Moffatt, Gary; Westley, Dennis
Article
1969
Since our schools and universities are unwilling to adopt basic, or even moderate, reform, the only way to achieve a worthwhile education is through free schools.
Flying University: Connexipedia Article
Article
An underground educational enterprise that operated from 1885 to 1905 in Warsaw, the historic Polish capital, then under the control of the Russian Empire, and that was revived between 1977 and 1981 i...
Freire, Paulo: Connexipedia Article
Article
Brazilian educator and influential theorist of critical pedagogy. (1921-1997).
Goodman, Paul: Connexipedia Article
Article
American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
Illich, Ivan: Connexipedia Article
Article
Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture. (1926-2002).
Inside Rochdale
Article
1971
What Rochdale has done is to provide a meeting ground on which those disenchanted with the running of modern society can attempt to work out an alternative environment.
John Holt: Homeschooling Pioneer and Visionary Progressive
Nall, Jeffrey
Article
2014
The stereotype of homeschooling as the haven for conservative, religious ideologues overshadows the movement's radically progressive roots. One of the movement's foremost pioneers, John Holt, was an e...
Learning for the Revolution: A review of 'Schooling for "Good Rebels": Socialist Education for Children in the United States, 1900-1920'
James, Michael D.
Article
1997
Socialist sunday schools were part of a thriving radical culture which included daily newspapers, clubs, lectures, festivals and parades.
Neill, A. S.: Connexipedia Article
Article
Scottish progressive educator, author and founder of Summerhill school. (1883-1973).
Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
Website
Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
Book
1977
A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to tra...
Rochdale: The Runaway Collage
Sharpe, David
Book
1987
Toronto's Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbpl of the flower-child Sixties, a financial and social controversy. Sharpe tells the story of the college's...
Schooling for "Good Rebels": Socialist Education for Children in the United States, 1900-1920
Teitelbaum, Kenneth
Book
1993
Teitelbaum captures in detail the spirited devotion and revolutionary fervor of the Socialist Sunday School movement whose themes of solidarity, cooperation, and concern for others are badly needed to...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing
Neill, A. S.
Book
1960
A.S. Neill describes the ideas and practice of Summerhill school, the alternative school he founded. He expresses his radical opinions on parenthood and child rearing.
Summerhill: For and Against
Ackerman, Nathan W. et al
Book
1970
Essays discussing the ideas and pratice of A.S. Neill.
Teach-in: Connexipedia Article
Article
Educational forum on any complicated issue, usually an issue involving current political affairs.
This Magazine is about Schools
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1966
A Canadian magazine about schools and education founded in 1966.

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Alternatives Vorlesungsverzeichnis Nr. 5
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