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  •  The Hippie School: (8+ / 0-)

    This is from my comments to Robin Upton's Post last week:

    When we first moved to a small town in Oregon, there were two elementary schools my daughter could attend. The first was the traditional public school. The other was held together by a shoe string budget and we now fondly refer to that one as the "hippie school".

    The hippie school was taught in a straw bale building with a paper mache tree growing in the middle of class and spreading painted leaves out onto the ceiling. The students of a previous year had actually built the building themselves and my daughter's class spent some of their time plastering the building and painting a mural on the wall.

    The class was taught in a circle of couches and bean bag chairs with three grade levels in one room. The teacher brought her dog to class.

    Before class started the teacher had buried a series of artifacts in the back yard. All yr long the students dug up "artifacts" and discovered what they were and how they were used and what place they had in history. At the end of the year the ran a "museum tour" for the parents.

    Social studies was taught by dividing them into groups and then having an international UN. The teacher did not foresee that the children would divide themselves into mythological groups: Fairy state, Techno state, Dwarf State, etc. But she allowed it.  She was further dismayed when the Techno state bombed the Fairy state in an attempt to acquire natural resources.

    What happened next was almost magical. The nations met at the UN to discuss the war. They embargoed Techno State until it gave in to international pressure. Then the other states demanded reparations to Fairy State and got them. The end of the year Techno state lagged behind the other states in wealth.

    When the school was forced closed by political pressure from the school board, my daughter was afraid that she would be behind the other children in the public school because her perception was all she did was play games all day.

    She was so far ahead she needed to be moved up a grade. All of the children from the class had similar experiences and one of them graduated valedictorian.

    This school was supported by the parents only and literally ran on bake sales and used goods. Money is not the problem--it is the ideas we have behind schooling.

    De air is de air. What can be done?

    by TPau on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 04:23:21 PM PST

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