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Making it up as we go along : the story of the Albany Free School

Author: Chris Mercogliano; Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Making It Up as We Go Along is the story of the Albany Free School, a school based on real freedom, real community, real democratic principles, and real affection between teachers and students.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Mercogliano; Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0325000433 9780325000435
OCLC Number: 38120659
Description: xxv, 136 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. History --
2. Mumasatou --
3. Fixing a Desk, Mending a Mind --
4. The Therapeutic School --
5. Fear --
6. Concentration --
7. Metaphors Within Metaphors --
8. Mr. Rogers --
9. God --
10. Race and Class --
11. Sexuality --
12. Teaching --
13. Community.
Responsibility: Chris Mercogliano.

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Making It Up as We Go Along is the story of the Albany Free School, a school based on real freedom, real community, real democratic principles, and real affection between teachers and students.

Mercogliano wrote this book with three broad goals in mind: to provide an in-depth history of the Free School, including a brief analysis of its place in the broader scheme of things; to describe the school in a way that is meaningful to both those who have some point of reference to the various alternatives to conventional schooling and those who do not; and to address certain fundamental subjects that are too often neglected in our national thinking about children: aggression, sexuality, race/class, and spirituality. In the process, he proves that teachers can help all students pursue their genius and their dreams through the union of self-direction, excitement, joy, and emotional honesty.

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