Earl Kelley on standards, grades, and student voice

The following is a message from Jim Strickland, founder of ASCEND, on the Marysville ASCEND Mailing List. It is reposted here with permission from the author. Here are a couple of very thought-provoking excerpts from Earl Kelley’s In Defense of Youth (1962) — highly recommended!  They point the way towards some potential projects and experiments we could… Read more Earl Kelley on standards, grades, and student voice

The measure of democracy

I was thinking this morning about the central role of democracy in creating positive change.  Democracy is a self-organizing, self-directing, and self-correcting process.  As long as democracy is in place, positive change will be natural and continuous.  Democracy builds this healthy renewal process into the system itself.  That’s why I am so excited when we talk about strengthening and… Read more The measure of democracy

Building connections by sharing space

Here is a really interesting description of how a school in Israel created strong connections with the surrounding community by sharing space with other community organizations (from Yaacov Hecht’s Democratic Education): The unique processes that developed there included very strong ties between the school and its surrounding community, as it became a sort of regional community… Read more Building connections by sharing space