Rad Ed Film Club, ‘Too Tough To Teach’, 12 Nov

“Too Tough To Teach’ – documentary about the Ian Mikardo High School in East London. “The documentaries, filmed by producer/director Isabel Cook over six months earlier this year, showed the struggles boys go through when they join the school, and how, supported by calm and committed staff, they make progress. Ian Mikardo is unconventional because we have no rules, no rewards, no punishments and because we don’t practice physical restraint. Instead staff focus on listening, talking, developing communication skills and showing students how to show respect.” Ian Mikardo High School website

more info on the film/school: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/26/school-no-rules-teaches-unteachable-ian-mikardo

12 November, 7-10pm, all welcome!


Radical Education Forum monthly reading group, 29 Sept, 7.15pm – 9.15pm

This month we are going to read about ‘place based education’ and the amazing Grace Lee Boggs’s thoughts on it!

‘In her book, The Next American Revolution, longtime community activist Grace Lee Boggs, presents a radically different vision of education, of schools as part of a community and as part of social development: Just imagine how safe and lively our streets would be, if, as a natural and normal part of the curriculum from K-12, school children were taking responsibility for maintaining neighborhood streets, planting community gardens, recycling waste, rehabbing houses, creating healthier school lunches, visiting and doing errands for the elderly, organizing neighborhood festivals, painting public murals….This is the fastest way to motivate all our children to learn and at the same time turn our communities, almost overnight, into lively neighborhoods where crime is going down because hope is going up. (158)’

For more info and the reading go to: http://radicaleducationforum.tumblr.com/post/98465771509/september-reading-group-place-based-education-and

Radical Education Forum Film Club screens ‘Free To Learn’ + Q+A with former intern teacher at the school, 17 Sept, 7-9pm

Free to Learn, 68 min, by Jeff Root & Bhawin Suchak

Free to Learn is a 70 minute documentary that offers a “fly on the wall” perspective of the daily happenings at The Free School in Albany, New York. Like many of today’s radical and democratic schools, The Free School expects children to decide for themselves how to spend their days. The Free School, however, is unique in that it transcends obstacles that prevent similar schools from reaching a economically and racially diverse range of students and operates in the heart of a city.

For over thirty years in perhaps the most radical experiment in American education, this small inner-city alternative school has offered its students complete freedom over their learning. There are no mandatory classes, no grades, tests, or homework, and rules are generally avoided. As a last resort, rules are created democratically by students and teachers, often at the prompting of a student.

Free to Learn Study Guide: http://issuu.com/democraticeducation/docs/ftl-studyguide

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