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  • David Gribble International Democratic Education Network


Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference


I worked for almost thirty years at Dartington Hall School, and after it closed for a further four years at Sands School. When I retired in 1992 I believed that Sands and Summerhill were the only two democratic schools left. Most of the people I talked to about education had never heard of Dartington or Sands, and thought Summerhill, as a private school outside the state system, was irrelevant. In this piece I describe how, when I had time to travel, I learnt how wrong we all were...


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