democracy, English-language posts

Do the Left need to listen to the Right?

Earlier this week Jonathon Pie shared this video, which I agree with, so I shared on Facebook:

It’s a bit of a rant, but I think he makes some very valid points, notwithstanding his style.

I do need to point out that when he says “if you feel my mansplaining is triggering you can fuck off” he is falling into the very trap – insulting people – that he urges the Left to avoid. I wonder if that is why some people are rejecting his message -this morning my Facebook feed told me that one of my friends had liked this post:


I think this tweet/share is a mis-comprehension of what Pie is saying. He’s not saying respect other people’s opinions, he’s saying: respect their right to hold those opinions. Because at the moment those opinions, those voices, are being SILENCED: removed from the forum of public debate.  This is particularly true in the media: Pie is spot-on that the Left-leaning media has demonized the expression of Right-leaning sentiment, to the extent that people have stopped saying it…. but then vote the way they really feel. 続きを読む

Education and childhood, English-language posts, learning

Experimenting with talking to cameras…


I’m experimenting with making videos as an addition to writing posts. Here’s a couple on Periscope. The first one was my first experiment – fellow Okinawa Sudbury School staffmember MrD got a notification I was broadcasting, and tuned in to ask some questions, which I attempted to answer. I’m not particularly smooth as yet, hopefully I’ll get better at it with a bit of practice…. 続きを読む

教育と子育て, 日本語投稿


(Read this post in English)

Summerhill Schoolはイギリスにある6〜18歳の子どもに対応している民主制度の寄宿学校。1921年にA.S.Neillが創立して、「世界で最も歴史が長い子どもの民政コミュニティ」とも呼ばれている。2005年に私は1週間滞在して本当に感動的な学校だと思った。子どもは自由いっぱいの環境の中に生き生きとしていた(一日中木を登ったり自転車で走って回ったりする子もいた。)民主制度のスクールミーティングでは、スタッフと子どもの平等的な関係を見て驚きさらに感動した。 続きを読む

Education and childhood, English-language posts

Children’s independence


Summerhill School is a democratically-run boarding school in England for children aged six to eighteen. Founded by A.S. Neill in 1921 it is sometimes called “the oldest children’s democracy in the world,” and when I visited for a week in 2005 I loved it – I said to my mother “That’s the first school I’ve visited that I actually like!” The kids had so much freedom – some of them went to lessons but many of them simply spent the day climbing trees and messing around on bicycles. I also got to witness the school meeting, which was wonderfully egalitarian, with teachers and students on a completely equal footing, able to speak their minds honestly and without 続きを読む

Education and childhood, English-language posts

APDEC 2016 – initial thoughts


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I just got back last night from APDEC 2016 in Taiwan. I’m pretty tired but I want to get some initial thoughts down – hopefully I’ll write more about these topics in the coming weeks (once I recover).

About childhood:

  • Play is really, really, really important for children’s development. It’s important for cognitive learning, and also equally important for emotional health (Peter Gray).
  • Children spending time away from their parents is really important, and they cope with it very well – they’re not nearly as dependent on us as we (like to?) think they are (Henry Readhead).
  • Children need other children to play with – there’s nothing wrong with also playing with adults, but playing with other children is vital.
  • Play is also vital for adults – ideally you’ll experience your work as play .
  • Parents need help to be the best parents they can be – without training they’ll tend to copy their own parents.
  • Educators, parents, and children (and indeed, probably everybody in the world) would all do well to learn Non-Violent Communication. This is something I feel I might be able to help people learn, though I also need to learn a lot more about it too.


教育と子育て, 日本語投稿

APDEC 2016 – 最初の感想

(Read this post in English here

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  • 自由な遊びは子どもの発達に”とってもとっても大切”。認知的な発達はもちろん必要で感情的な発達にも必要(グレー・ピター)
  • 子どもは保護者から離れることも大事。私たち大人が思っている以上に独立性があり保護者がいなくても(スタッフさえいれば)うまくやっていける。(レッドヘッド・ヘンリー)
  • 大人と遊んでもいいが、子どもは他の子ども達と一緒に遊ぶのは一番大事。
  • 大人も遊びが必要。望ましいのは、自分の仕事を遊びとして経験する。
  • 保護者が上手に子どもと接するためには保護者自身の教育が必要。それがなければ自分の親の子育てスタイルや癖を(無意識で?)真似する。
  • 教育者や、保護者、子ども(世界中のみんな)は非暴力コミュニケーションを学べばいい。私はこれを教える興味があるが、もっと学ぶ必要もある。