Last week an enormous tipi was built on the premisses of our democratic school Aventurijn in the Netherlands. All children and tutors could sit in the tipi around the fire and listen to stories, sing native Indian songs or make bread on the fire. Together we created an atmosphere of peaceful togetherness. It was a deep learning experience without calling it learning:
- learning from life;
- learning from examples (both of behaviour and knowledge);
- learning from the being of adults and other children;
- learning with heart, body and head.
Of course the children didn’t have to be in the tipi because their freedom to choose what they want to do, is an important condition at the school. A condition; not the ultimate goal. There are more conditions like providing safety, love, a rich environment etc. A condition means that there is more than just freedom and democracy. A lot more. For us, the only real goal of our school is the unfolding of the inner self in the human being: both with children and adults.
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