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Video1.jpgMake Your Voice Heard: Discover Democratic Education

In a society based on democracy, participation, and engagement, shouldn't education be democratic, participatory, and engaging? How can young people be creative, curious, and collaborative learners when their schooling boxes them in with testing and standardization? What does a more empowering, democratic education look like?

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.


Essential Book list:

  1.  Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  2. The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn
  3. SelfDesign: Nurturing Genius Through Natural Learning by Brent Cameron
  4. Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
  5. The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff
  6. Optimal Parenting: Using Natural Learning Rhythms to Nurture the Whole Child by Ba Luvmor
  7. Natural Learning Rhythms, How and When Children Learn, by Josette & Sambhava Luvmore
  8. The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Dan Seigel
  9. The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment And the Developing Social Brain by Lewis Cozolino
  10. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith
  11. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

Books for parent education and staff development:

  1. Junior Master Gardener Handbook: Level 1
  2. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  3. The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv
  4. How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers by Arden Bucklin-Sporer Rachel Pringle
  5. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
  6. Schools That Learn (Updated and Revised): A Fifth Discipline Field book for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who... by Peter M. Senge
  7. Building Community in Schools by Thomas J. Sergiovanni
  8. Macrobiotic Child Care & Family Health by Michio Kushi and Aveline Kushi
  9. The Book of Macrobiotics by Michio Kushi
  10. Leading in a Culture of Change by Michael Fullan
  11. A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror by Howard Zinn
  12. Developmental Continuums: A Framework for Literacy Instruction and Assessment K-8 by Bonnie Campbell Hill
  13. Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories

Supplemental Recommended Reading List:

  1. Instead of Medicating & Punishing by Laurie A. Couture
  2. No Homework & Recess All Day by Jerry Mintz
  3. In Defense of Childhood by Chris Mercogliano
  4. How Children Learn & How Children Fail by John Holt
  5. Better Than College by Blake Boles
  6. Educating for Human Greatness by Lynn Stoddard
  7. Real Teachers by Stuart Grauer
  8. Nonviolent Communication by Marshal B. Rosenberg, PhD
  9. The Unschooling Unmanual
  10. The Natural Child by Jan Hunt
  11. Learning All The Time by John Holt

Extensive Reading List for a Well-Rounded Understanding of Educational Alternatives:

  1. Like Water by Mark McCraig
  2. Summerhill by A. S. Neill
  3. Making It Up As We Go Along by Chris Mercogliano
  4. The Teenage Liberation Handbook, Real Lives & Guerrilla Learning by Grace Llewellyn
  5. Lives of Passion, School of Hope by Rick Posner
  6. Parenting for Social Change by Teresa Graham Brett
  7. The Montessori Way by by Tim Seldin and Paul Epstein, PhD
  8. Legacy of Trust by Daniel Greenberg and Mimsy Sadofsky