Free School Teaching is the personal and professional journey one person within the American educational system.
While the literature on progressive education gave Kristan hope that things could be better for students locked into America’s traditional education system, she wanted to find a firsthand example of how these ideas played out in practice.
Morrison founded a radical “free school” in Albany, New York, that embodied the ideas found in the literature, and over a period of three months she observed and documented differences between alternative and traditional schools.
In trying to reconcile the gap between those systems, Morrison details what she learned about teachers, students, curriculum, and the entire conception of why we educate our children.
The effects of standardized competitive schooling are severe and they need to be critically reported as publicly and as often as possible. The stories of democratic schools, such as the one profiled here, provide inspirational alternatives. This is a book with an important story to tell. –Ron Miller, author of Free School, Free People: Education and Democracy after the 1960s
Kristan Accles Morrison is now Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Radford University.