La Petite École qui regarde la montagne

La Petite Ecole qui regarde la montagne is a microschool nestled in the heart of New Caledonia. This is the story of its birth and rebirth. My name is Bertille, a 39-year-old mother of four, and a firm believer in the magic of childhood. I live on a small subtropical french island in the middle…

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I AM My School

So it’s March 2016, 18 children are inaugurating the school on our very first day of school.  The press is there, the television, the radio, the local newspaper. It is an event.  We are interviewed. We are proud, and we are enthusiastic. We went through so many difficulties with ease. Finding a place, bringing it…

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Learning to Be Free

There is something magical about creating a democratic school. What if everything we force children to learn passively, they were able to learn it through their own natural impulses? What if they were able to learn everything they needed to flourish by freely exploring their interests? This has been going on for decades in schools…

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