Paolo Chiocchetti (
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 23:31:04 +0200

Hi Helena!
I would be very glad, if you could give me the name of this professor.

About the thesis, congratulations, good subject! Maybe, when I find a bit of
time, I could try to find it, for an Italian shouldn't be so difficult
understanding Portuguese...

Thank you and good luck for your project,

Helena Singer ha scritto:

> Hi Paolo,
> I am a Brazilian sociologist currently working to open a democratic
> school in Brazil. Seven years ago, I raised the very same questions you
> are asking now. These questions were the guideline of my master thesis.
> It was published, but unfortunatelly I cannot recommend it for you
> because it is in Portuguese.
> In summary, my research was about the democratic schools in general,
> among which Sudbury was one of the most important models. The others were
> Summerhill, Tolstoy's school in the last century (Iasnaia Poliana) and
> Korczak orphanage in Poland (exterminated during the Second World War).
> Based in these four different models of democratic schools, I found about
> one hundred schools all over the world.
> I made some contacts in Italy too
> and I was informed that there isn't any democratic school there but there
> were some important anarchist experiences in the past. Nowadays there is
> a group in the University of Palermo that studies the subject of
> democratic schools. If you are
> interested, I can try to find the name of the professor in charge of this
> group.
> Good luck,
> Helena Singer
> Paolo Chiocchetti wrote:
> >
> > Hi Folks!
> > I'm Paolo Chiocchetti, an Italian 17th very interested in "libertarian
> > pedagogy" and these alternative ways of educating as the SVS one.
> >
> > I would have some questions.
> >
> > 1. How many SVS there are, and how many children are in?
> > 2. What is the situation of the free education in the USA nowadays? I
> > mean, could you tell me other experiences similar to the SVS model, how
> > works the homeschooling...
> > 3. Have you got links to other realities in Europe or in the rest of the
> > world?
> > 4. Which books do you recommend to me?
> > 5. What is your relashionship with the ideas of Ivan Illich and Alex
> > Neill? ('cause I've read a bit of them)
> >
> >
> > Thank you very much, and hold on!
> > Paolo
> >
> >
> >
> >

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