There is this funny/sad video I remembered seeing a while back where a group of kids (off-screen) is shown photographs of schools and prisons mixed together and they had to guess which each was. So they would call out “School!!!” or “Prison!!!”. Except sometimes it is not so obvious.
Anyway, here is the clip from the documentary, “The War on Kids”. Starting at approximately 22 minutes in with a few seconds of lead-in from a discussion with a school principal.
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For what it is worth, I am very happy to be able to send my kids (since they were age 4) to a school that doesn’t look like (or function like) either a school or a prison. I guess it looks more like a really big house or something to that effect. And it works more like a small town or something like that. I say that because kids literally do what they want all day (as long as they aren’t bugging someone else.) And of course with that freedom comes the flip-side: the responsibility. It is a truly democratic school. Sudbury Valley School.
funny clip during credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-tAQ56-gaA&t=1h33m46s
UPDATE: The War on Kids is available at Amazon — both DVD and streaming.
The War on Kids
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