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The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Waiting for Superman presented the problem with public schools in the U.S. The students, faculty, and administration at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mass. are forging a solution with The Independent Project. The kids made this short film to inspire other schools to consider this model of education. Please spread the word (and, yes, that’s my girl in the radio studio).

March 16, 2011 update: Here is a link to an op-ed about the Independent Project that Susan Engel published in the New York Times yesterday.

4 Responses to The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

  1. Francis J. Ferrell says:

    After seeing this YouTube piece, I began to wonder if any of these students or teachers ever heard of the “Summerhill” school in England? The school founded by A.S.Neill in the late 1950’s(?) near Ipswich in Suffolk, England.

    What these American teens are doing is similar in concept to what is happening at Summerhill. These two schools should be look at and compared. You might be pleasantly surprised at the end results of both.

  2. Gina Hyams says:

    Hi Francis,
    Thanks so much for your note. I will forward it on to the students.
    All best,
    Gina

  3. Alan Friesen says:

    Further to what Francis has said, Summerhill is a democratic school. Googling this term will turn up a huge number of schools that have followed (more or less) the direction that the Independence Project has taken.

    I’m a teacher at a K-12 school in Canada and more than anything else I want my students to be able to come to school every day and want to learn. This project is absolutely inspiring to me. This is what education should look like!

  4. Gina Hyams says:

    Thanks for your comment, Alan. You sound like a wonderful teacher.

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