The Free School is the kind of place where you need to spend the time to get to know the students and teachers. The Free school is personal and you need to get personal with it to discover its full potential.
My afternoon visit at the Free School revealed some of the highlights of a free school. It began with a warm welcome from our personal tour guide, a 12 year old senior students, who showed us the in and the outs of the school. One of the central elements of the schools, she highlighted, was the council meetings. She explained that when large conflicts arise any one student can call all the school together to solve it. The most recent council meeting she explained dealt with the issue that people were not closing the outside door. She said that this was resolved by the students voting to turn off the heat and leaving the door open. Every room we went to during our tour felt alive. There was someone doing something in every room from the kitchen where they were making custard, to the classroom where students were quietly working on a project, to the music room where students were playing the piano, to the library where students were playing board games to the outdoor playground where students were playing an imaginary game. Our tour guide also explained that teachers post a schedual of optional classes from which the students can choose from.
The main message that this school revealed to me is that you as a students are autonomous and capable of problem solving. ”It is your life, your mind and your education!” Free to learn documentary. This is true for the students but it is also true for the teachers. Children get to see that teachers are people too with feelings and passions. The school is always changing depending on the interests of students, parents and teachers that are there at that time.