A Report From a Short Visit to The Holistic Education School

Yong Shian Phoon

Abstract


The Holistic Education School in Taiwan is the only democratic secondary school in the country. I visited the school on the 16th and 17th of December, 2014. The school’s history dates back to 1994, when millions of members of the public demanded educational reform. This led to the school being established in the subsequent year. The school has chosen a Summerhillian approach, including a regular school meeting and compulsory boarding. The school grounds are located in a peaceful mountain area 500 metres above sea-level, surrounded by ever-green trees and a few private houses. It is spacious for a school community of less than a hundred people and it felt quiet when I was there. The following report is my observation of the school with a focus on what I felt was distinct about this democratic school in terms of specific features of it that add to our knowledge of how the many varieties of democratic schools we have today function...


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Educational alternatives; progressive education; alternative education; difference; educational theory; educational philosophy; home education; education policy

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