Category: In Our Schools

Education is crucial in building a democratic society. People make good decisions when they are informed and able to defend their rights. Knowledge is no longer understood as a set of facts that can be transmitted by rote. It has to be discovered—and rediscovered. Our schools are still using an autocratic system that is not conducive to learning how to learn or to self governing.

Pacem School, Montpelier VT

Pacem School, Montpelier VT “Celebrating Curiosity — Igniting Passion” Founded in 2005, Pacem School is an independent 6th-12th grade school on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier VT. It is state-approved and uses sociocratic decision-making to govern the school. Pacem offers coursework for full-time students and extra-curricular support to homeschoolers age 10-18. From their website: Pacem’s deep sense of community and its size both allow and are supported by its distinct form of decision-making, the sociocratic… Read More . . . “Pacem School, Montpelier VT”

“Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be” by Kees Boeke

Kees Boeke was an internationally known peace activist and educator. During WW II when he was arrested for harboring Jews, in his pocket he had an early draft of a declaration entitled “No Dictatorship.” It could have cost him his life, but he was released. It described a plan for a truly democratic society and was first published in May of 1945 as Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be. This version was edited by his… Read More . . . ““Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be” by Kees Boeke”

Who Stole the American Dream

Crushing Middle-Class  Prosperity The American Dream is of obtaining middle-class prosperity and socio-economic mobility. Hedrick Smith analyzes how it was lost in America. The American middle class in the 1960s was the largest and most prosperous in the world. Now, the disparity between top and bottom is huge. Even the wealthiest 5% are falling behind the super-rich 1% that controls 2/3 of the nation’s wealth—trillions of dollars. The remaining 99% earn the remaining 1/3. America… Read More . . . “Who Stole the American Dream”

A Biography of Kees Boeke

Cover of Dutch Biography of Kees Boeke Well-received biography of Kees Boeke in Dutch by Daniela Hooghiemstra, a noted Dutch Biographer. Available from Bol.com Description De christen-pacifist Kees Boeke (1884- 1966) wordt wel ‘onderwijshervormer’ genoemd maar hij beoogde niet minder dan de stichting van een nieuwe wereld. Toen de poging om die gemeenschap te stichten mislukte, besloot Boeke een school te stichten waar de ‘nieuwe wereld’ van de grond af opgebouwd moest worden. Deze unieke school kreeg na de Tweede Wereldoorlog een… Read More . . . “A Biography of Kees Boeke”

First Implementation of Sociocracy

Kees Boeke and Betty Cadbury Kees Boeke and Betty Cadbury Before World War II, Dutch educator and pacifist Cornelius “Kees” Boeke was exported from England for vocally advocating peace with Germany. He and his wife,  English Quaker and social activist Beatrice “Betty” Cadbury, settled in Kees Boeke’s hometown, Bilthoven, a small community in the Netherlands. They had previously been active internationally in Quaker peace education, predominantly in the Middle East before it became too dangerous. In Bilthoven, they actively supported… Read More . . . “First Implementation of Sociocracy”

Encouraging Self-Organization

Logo for Interaction Institute for Social Change In a workshop I conducted last Sunday, one of the participants asked, “How do you encourage self-organization?” By some miracle, probably related to my being on every mailing list on anything related to sociocracy and governance, I received in my mailbox a link to an article on the  Interaction Institute for Social Change. You guessed it on  Tips for Encouraging Self-Organization by Curtis Ogden. After some editing and additions, here are some ideas: Encouraging Self… Read More . . . “Encouraging Self-Organization”