IDEC 2015 in New Zealand
“There is no system in the world or any school in the country that is better than its teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools. But teaching is a creative profession… If there's no learning going on, there's no education going on. And people can spend an awful lot of time discussing education without ever discussing learning. The whole point of education is to get people to learn.”
IDEC 2015 in New Zealnd
Sharing about student government, student councils, and other aspects of democratic schools
How to start a school?
In a "learner-oriented" school, what role do instructors and teachers play? What's the ideal relationship between students and teachers?
Pros and cons of boarding schools (related discussion: why are there so few "democratic education boarding schools"?)
Utilizing connections at APDEC for student and teacher exchange
How does someone lead a child to become a free person (democratic, mutually respective) without similar experiences of his own?
What is the definition of "danger" in an educational environment? What is appropriate intervention?
It sounds great in theory, but do I (as a child) have the right to say "no"?
"Where are you now?" sharing about life after graduation
Why does attendance at this kind of school often lead to a household revolution?
I hope Taiwan can hold this kind of conference every year, how can I make that happen?
Is there inherent conflict between democratic education and knowledge-based education?
What does mountain climbing have to do with education?
What's the best way to promote the spirit of democratic education?
What's the biggest difference between children educated in democratic and traditional schools? Where does this difference come from?
What parts of traditional education need to be changed, and what needs to be preserved?
Value judgments in education
The best way to implement sex education
Proper limits for video games?
The definition and fine line between bullying and pranks
What's a good way to start a book club with the spirit of democratic education?
Exchange of sports, culture, and games
Let no one think that he can conquer the first impressions of his youth. If he has grown up in envious freedom, surrounded with beautiful and noble objects, in constant intercourse with worthy men; if his masters have taught him what he needed first to know for comprehending more easily what followed. If he has never learn anything which he requires to unlearn. Such a one will lead a purer, more perfect life, than another man who has to waste the force of his youth in oppositions and errors.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Miao-Li County Holistic Education School
ABOUT HOLISTIC EDUCATION SCHOOL
No.141-3, Neiwan, Zhuolan Township,
Miaoli County 369, Taiwan
Holistic is located in the mountains in northern Taiwan, about 500 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by fruit orchards and temperate forests filled with all sorts of wildlife. The school campus is roughly divided into two areas. The first (comprised of buildings A and B) has neighborhood homes, the girl's dormitory, a basketball court, kitchens, cafeteria, and climbing center. The second area (comprised of buildings C through E) is the main classroom area, with a library and boy's dormitory. They are connected by a small path cutting through the forest.
Sunrise during July is roughly 5:20, and sunset is at 6:50. Please have a flashlight ready for nighttime events. The weather averages 80% humidity, so we recommend comfortable clothes that are easy to wash and dry quickly. Expect temperatures around 22-30 degrees Celsius. A light jacket for morning or evening activities is great to have, and will also be helpful for mosquitoes.
As the school is surrounded on all sides by fruit orchards, it is filled with all sorts of wildlife that share the space with us. During the daytime we can see birds, lizards, and all sorts of insects. At night, frogs, snakes, and mammals begin to emerge. The most dangerous creatures to look out for are poisonous snakes. However, they do not actively attack people, so all you need to do is maintain a safe distance. They often appear around water sources at night, or where there are frogs. Please be sure to use a flashlight when traversing paths at night time to avoid them.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”