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Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story describes a fascinating personal journey and recounts the history of the foundation of the Democratic School of Hadera, which has successfully implemented a fascinating and important pedagogical experiment: How to convert the authoritative school into a democratic community, where the students have equal rights. Anyone with inte ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Alternative Education Resource Organization
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Aaron Aoyume
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book about the experience of unschooling in Israel, more specifically at the Democratic School of Hadera, and indirectly about several other alternative education propositions that have emerged from pragmatism ideas developed by John Dewey and others (Summerhill in the U.K., Sudbury Valley in the U.S., and so forth.) The book was referred to me by a friend who works in the field, during a hot discussion about the occupation of public schools in Sao Paulo by students.

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Nishkarsh Swarnkar
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was suggested to me by my client, and after reading it I can only say- Why are we all not doing this already? Yaakov describes a solid, tested and growing education system we should all have in place to prepare children for being better democratic citizen and fulfilled individuals.
Darina Georgieva
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all teachers, educational experts and even parents.
Nelly Keremidchieva
Една от книгите, които смятам за задължителни за всеки съвременен родител. Много ми допадна простия стил, необременен от сложни размишления, което не му пречи да излъчва дълбоко и силно послание за това какво може да бъде образованието и да вдъхнови за действие (или най-малкото за активно премисляне) всеки, който се интересува от образование. И тъй като имах възможността да се срещна няколко пъти с автора, както и да посетя две от описаните училища, мога съвсем спокойно да я препоръчам като напъ ...more
Seamusin
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
Yaacov does seem to be a pioneer in democratic education, so you're getting it straight from the horse's mouth here. I recommend the book for those thinking of going into the field, who want a bit of historical background.

I'm pretty much in accord with Aaron Aoyume's review. I also forgave Yaacov for his questionable English, and for mangling together all sorts of threads through the text, but the self-congratulatory tone and overuse of words, particularly 'fascinating', did wear thin after a w
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A life-changing book. Must read for everyone.
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Yaacov Hecht (Hebrew: יעקב הכט) born 1958 in Hadera is an Israeli educator and worldwide pioneer of democratic education.

Yaacov Hecht is an internationally distinguished leader and visionary in democratic education, learning theory, and societal change. In 1987, Hecht founded the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel, the first school in the world to call itself democratic. Due to the school’s succe
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